Woodbury County

S/Sgt. Vincent C. Monahan



Brother of Hero in First World War Succumbs to Pneumonia

Former S. Sgt. Vincent C. Monahan, 32, a brother of Edward H. Monahan, jr., the hero of 1918 for whom Sioux City’s American Legion post was named, died Friday night in the Veteran’s hospital in Des Moines.

The young man, with an infantry unit, was stricken with pneumonia about the time the division was scheduled to go overseas. He never fully recovered and was given an honorable discharge November 4, 1943.

His commanding officer gave the Sioux Cityan a citation for services given “in line of duty.” He had been in the regular army since 1937. He was stationed Camp Ord at Monterey, cal., and was one of 100,000 soldiers transferred to Fort Lewis, Wash., for a month of extensive field training. While he was at Camp Ord, he was among the military forces ordered by President Roosevelt to take charge of a munitions plant strike in Los Angeles. He had command of 70 men there.

He was born September 13, 1912, in Sioux City. He was a member of the Cathedral parish and attended Cathedral school.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Anna Monahan, who lives at 1320 Pierce street; four brothers, James and Francis, Chicago; Robert, Sioux City; and Thomas of Salinas, Cal.; and three sisters, Mrs. Hubert Harris and Mrs. Marlowe Peterson, Sioux City; and Mrs. C. C. Andreen, Minneapolis.

The body is being sent to the Perasso Bros. funeral home.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 24, 1945 (photo included)

Funeral services for former S. Sgt. Vincent C. Monahan, 32, brother of Edward H. Monahan, jr., World War 1 hero for whom the American Legion post here was named, will be held at 9 a. m. Tuesday in the Cathedral of Epiphany. Rev. Thomas M. Parle will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.

Military rites will be conducted by Monahan post. A firing squad, color bearers and guard will be included. Pallbearers will be post members.
The rosary will be recited at 8:30 o'clock tonight in Perasso Bros. funeral home.

Sgt. Monahan died Friday night in the Des Moines Veteran’s hospital. He had been in the army since 1937, and when his unit was about to leave for overseas duty he was he was stricken with pneumonia from which he never fully recovered. He was honorably discharged November 4, 1943.

Source: Sioux City Journal, February 26, 1945