Black Hawk County

Louis John Niemeyer





Louis John Niemeyer, 22, pharmacist’s mate 1/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Niemeyer, La Porte City, Iowa, has completed basic training at the Submarine School, Submarine Base, New London, Conn., for duty with our growing fleet of underseas fighters.

The new submarine will be entitled to wear the twin dolphin insignia of the submarine service after further experience aboard a submarine during which he must demonstrated to his commanding officer that he is fully qualified to carry out the duties of his rate. The insignia is regarded as a mark of distinction throughout the Navy.

Niemeyer was a graduate of La Porte City High in June 1939. After joining the Navy a year and a half later, he went to Great Lakes, Illinois, for recruit instruction and has served at sea.

The Submarine School, the only one of its kind in the Navy, is attended by a picked group of men who must pass special physical, mental and psychological tests.

The school work takes place not only in classrooms and laboratories, but also in numerous training submarines in which students master the actual technique of operating the powerful fighting craft.

Source: Progress Review, February 3, 1944