Muscatine County

T/Sgt Orian G. Owens

 

 

Sgt. O. Owens, West Liberty, Missing; Brother Prisoner

West Liberty—Technical Sergeant Orian G. Owens, of West Liberty, son of George H. Owens, of Lisbon, Ia., has been reported missing in action since Jan. 11, 1944, following a raid over Germany, according to official word received by his father. Sgt. Owens was serving as an engineer on a U. S. bomber.

Sgt. Owens has been in the service since August, 1942, when he left here with a Muscatine county contingent. He has been overseas since September, 1943.

A brother of Sgt. Owens, Harold Owens, has been reported a prisoner of war since March, 1943, and he has two other brothers, Lawrence Owens of Iowa City and Gaylord Owens, of Lone Tree.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, January 28, 1944

LIST OF MISSING IN ACTION GREW IN 1944
Among those from this area who have been listed as missing in action in official dispatches to next of kin, and upon casualty lists of the armed services, are:

TECH. SGT. ORIAN G. OWENS—Son of George H. Owens, of Lisbon, Ia, Tech. Sgt. Orian G. Owens, of West Liberty, was reported missing in action since Jan. 11, 1944, in a raid over Germany. He was serving as an engineer on a U. S. bomber and had been in the service since August of 1942.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Friday, December 29, 1944

Solemn Procession Continues Through 1948 as War Dead Are Returned Home

Flag-draped caskets, coming from the European and Pacific war theaters, were brought to Muscatine county and other neighboring communities at intervals throughout the year of 1948 as the solemn procession of the country’s war dead continued to move home.

As each casket carrying a soldier, sailor, marine or flier who died during World War II was returned, last honors were accorded to the servicemen at funeral and burial rites. Final interment was in the cemetery chosen by his next-of-kin.

This year was the second for the government’s program of returning the bodies of war dead to the United States for burial in keeping with the wishes of their family. Inaugurated in the fall of 1947, the program has to date seen the return from overseas cemeteries of more than 50 bodies of men from this vicinity who died in the service of their country during the war.

The list of war dead returned to Muscatine and surrounding counties includes the following:

Tech. Sgt. Orian G. Owens, of West Liberty, son of George H. Owens of Lisbon, killed in Belgium during the war. Burial was at Lisbon.

Source: The Muscatine Journal, December 30, 1948