Woodbury County

T-5 Ivoran D. Noe




Sioux Cityan Wounded Twice in Action, “Forgets to Tell Parents
Private I.D. Noe Awarded 2 Medals; Still With Outfit

Private First Class Ivoran D. Noe, 22, twice was wounded in action in north Africa, but “forgot “ to tell his parents because he didn’t want them to worry.

Monday, however, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dana Noe, 5900 Sioux River road, received official notification from the government that the youth had been awarded the purple heart and oakleaf cluster medals.

After receiving treatment for the wounds, suffered on two different occasions, Private Noe returned immediately to his company for further duty, citations for the awards stated.

Strafed by ME109s

Private Noe first was wounded January 31 when the “half track” he was driving for a reconnaissance platoon was attacked and strafed by German ME109s as an American column was moving slowly toward Sened, Tunisia.

“At this time the weather was clear and enemy air observation was excellent,” the citation reads. “One of these ME109s fired on the half track being driven by Private Noe and he received slight wounds on the cheek from shrapnel. After his wounds had been attended to, Private Noe returned to the reconnaissance company for further duty.”

Again, on February 1 enemy observation conditions were excellent as Private Noe drove his half track to within 200 yards of an enemy gun emplacement.

Wounded Second Time

“The enemy fire was very heavy and very accurate,” the citation stated. “As the half track reached this point it was hit by an enemy shell, set afire and put out of action. Private Noe received slight wounds as a result of this action, retired to have them attended to, and rejoined his company for further duty.”

Private Noe was graduated from high school at Waterbury, Nebraska, then worked for the American Serum company in Sioux City and enlisted in the army May 4, 1942.

In an attempt to conceal a report of the wounds from his parents, Private Noe requested that notice of the citations be sent to a cousin, Raymond Luhr, at Allen, Nebraska, who forwarded them to Sioux City.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, May 11, 1943 (photo included)

T-5 Ivoran D. Noe, 1517 W. 26th street, has returned to the States after spending 34 months in Italy with a tank destroyer battalion. He has been awarded the purple heart with oak leaf cluster and five battle stars.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, July 31, 1945