Cherokee County

Cpl. Henry Ohlendorf Jr.


Henry Ohlendorf, Jr., 24, Is Killed in North Africa

Remsen, Ia.—Special:  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ohlendorf, farmers living southeast of here, have been notified by the War Department of the loss of their son, Henry, jr., 24, killed in action November 8, somewhere in north Africa.

Henry enlisted in the Army April 23, 1941, and after nine months at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, was sent overseas in April, 1942.

Surviving are his parents, three brothers and seven sisters.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, Thursday, December 17, 1942

The Associated Press report, issued under a Washington dateline, follows:

Eleven of the men, including one officer, were killed in Africa and two were killed in the southwest Pacific.

Folllowing is the list of Iowans killed in Africa:

Capt. Edwin C. Novak, mother, Mrs. Mary F. M Novak (1035 Second street SE) Cedar Rapids;
Sgt. Otto P. Boettcher, mother, Mrs. Emma A. Boettcher, Storm Lake;
Pvt. Leland P. Christensen, mother, Mrs. Edith M. Christensen (1508 S. Maple) Sioux City;
Sgt. Noah J. Davis, wife, Mrs. Frances K. Davis, route 3, Centerville;
Sgt. Paul M. Denison, father, George E. Denison, route 3, Atlantic;
Pfc. Melvin J. Goecke (615 N. Eighth street), Estherville;
Sgt. Stanford S. Johnston, wife, Mrs. Doris S. Johnston, Box 3, Bridgewater;
Sgt. Robert J. Kliegl, route 1, Osgood;
Corp. Henry F. Ohlendorf, father, Henry H. Ohlendorf, route 1, Marcus;

Corp.Ben B. Sanford, father, Wilford A. Sanford (29 Fifth street) Oelwein;
Sgt. Leon D. Stipe, mother, Mrs. Mabel Stipe, Clarinda.

Killed in the southwest Pacific:

Donald J. Carpenter, mother, Mrs. Hilda M. Carpenter, route 2, Estherville;

The War Department’s national list also included Pvt. Harold J. Doecher of Beemer, Neb., whose mother’s address is route 1, Beemer.  He was killed in Africa.

Source:  Carroll Times, Monday, January 4, 1943

Marcus News:
Graveside services were held at Marcus Amherst cemetery on Tuesday for Cpl. Henry Ohlendorf Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ohlendorf, with Rev. R. W. Meyer, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, officiating.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, March 14, 1949