Plymouth County

Stanley Neubrand

Stanley Neubrand with his sister, Dorothy (1942)

~Stanley with his mother Clara Neubrand (left side of picture) and his sister, Ethel



Seaman Stanley Neubrand arrived home Tuesday morning from Farragut, Idaho, after completing two months training in the navy. He has been give a 15-day leave and is visiting in the home of his mother, Mrs. R. M. Neubrand. There are quite a number of LeMars boys stationed at Farragut, but Seaman Neubrand says it is very seldom you see any of them, as you have to have a special pass to visit the various camps, and they are hard to get.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, August 5, 1943

Our Neighbors in the Service

LeMars, Iowa – Stanley Neubrand of Farragut, Idaho, is spending his furlough at his home here.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, August 16, 1943

NEWS of the Boys in the Service

Stanley Neubrand, Radarman 3/c, was serving on the destroyer USS Johnston, which according to newspaper reports and the radio, was sunk during the battle at Leyte island between October 22 and 27.  Mrs. R. M. Neubrand, his mother, has received no official notice and is hoping that her son is safe. The last time she heard from him was six weeks ago and he was then somewhere in the South Pacific.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, November 21, 1944


Stanley L. Neubrand, radarman third class, son of Mrs. Clara Neubrand of this city, was in the thickest part of the battle for Leyte, according to word reaching Mrs. Neubrand from Lieut. R. C. Hagen, senior surviving officer of the U.S.S. Johnston.

The Johnston, a destroyed, was sunk along with the Princeton aircraft carrier and several other smaller ships in the invasion of Leyte.

The Johnston went down under heavy cross-fire between the Japs and Americans on October 25, and Radarman Neubrand was reported missing in action on November 28. Captain Evans was in command of the Johnston and he is unaccounted for.

Lieut. Hagen’s letter to Mrs. Neubrand contained the following:

“Stanley L. Neubrand, radarman 3/c, is still unaccounted for. We were in the battle for three hours before the order came to abandon ship and were 50 miles from land when we did abandon the destroyer. We were in the tick of battle at the time—and I couldn’t offer you any encouragement as to the safety of your son.”

Stanley was a radar man on the destroyer and during the naval battle; he was either in the radar room or at his battle station, the forward gun on the deck of the destroyer.

Mrs. Neubrand is writing for the addresses of two boys whom Stanley had mentioned meeting in previous letters. They were also members of the Johnston’s crew and if they are survivors, they perhaps would have a little more news about Radarman Neubrand. 

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, January 22, 1945

STANLEY NEUBRAND KILLED IN ACTION OCTOBER 26, 1943 (correction this year is very likely 1944)

Stanley Neubrand, Radarman 3-C, son of Mrs. Mary Neubrand of LeMars, has been declared officially dead by the War Department. He was declared missing November 28, and information has been received that he was killed October 26 on Samar Island, Leyte, Philippine Islands. Stanley enlisted June 4, 1943, and was assigned to the U. S. S. Johnston. Requiem Mass will be held in St. Joseph’s church at 8 a.m. Wednesday, December 5.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, December 4, 1945

NOTES about the destroyer, USS Johnston

Ship Class Fletcher-class Destroyer
Builder Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington, United States
Laid Down 6 May 1942
Launched 25 Mar 1943
Commissioned 27 Oct 1943
Sunk 25 Oct 1944
Displacement 2700 tons standard
Length 376 feet
Beam 40 feet
Draft 18 feet
Speed 35 knots
Crew 273
Armament 5x5in, 10x40mm, 7x20mm, 2x5x21in torpedo tubes, 6x depth charge projectors, 2x depth charge tracks