Woodbury County

Cpl. Robert C. Nooney





“I was never so pleased in my life as when I saw Joe; Army decorations never meant so much to me as when I saw him wearing the combat infantryman badge and the purple heart,” wrote Cpl. Robert C. Nooney to his father after seeing his brother, Cpl. Patrick Joseph Nooney, in England.  They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Nooney, 1007 Ninth street.

Cpl. Joe Nooney, an infantryman, was wounded December 8, 1944, in Germany, and was taken to hospitals in Belgium, France and, finally, to England.  The American Red Cross located his brother, Cpl. “Bob” Nooney, a member of an engineering company, obtained a furlough for him and arranged for the two boys to meet.

The boys went to shows, enjoyed skating and dancing for two days, then Bob saw Joe depart on the train which was to take him part of the way back to his company.  Bob is 22, Joe is 21.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 31, 1945 (photo included)