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Pfc. Perry J. Patterson

 
 

 

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The list of Waterloo men missing in action Tuesday totaled 20, over a six-day period as two more infantry men, Pfc. Perry J. Patterson and Pfc. Howard G. Foster were reported missing while Pfc. Curtis Mather, who had been listed as missing, informed relatives he was “well and safe.”

[NOTE: Portions of this article regarding Pfc. Foster and Pfc. Mather have been omitted but may be found on their individual webpages within this site.]

Private Patterson, 23, was reported missing in Germany since Dec. 21 in a telegram from the war department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Patterson, 230 Polk street.

In his last letter written to his parents, on Dec. 6, Private Patterson said he was stationed in England with the infantry.

He was a member of Company D, 133rd infantry, national guard, and went with that Waterloo company to Camp Claiborne, La., in 1940 for training. While at Camp Claiborne he was one of eight soldiers injured in a car accident near Traer, Ia., as they were returning to camp on July 5, 1941, following a Fourth of July furlough.

For a year following that accident, Private Patterson was at home, recovering from injuries including a compression-fracture of the spine, fracture of the right elbow, brain concussion and bruises. After recovering from the car accident injuries, he was transferred to Camp Atterbuy, Ind., and left from there for overseas service several months ago.

Two brothers are also in service. They are Pvt. Myron J. Patterson, stationed in France, and Earl Ray Patterson, gunner’s mate second class, who is stationed in Washington, D. C., where he is attending navy school after completion of 18 months overseas service.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Tuesday, January 16, 1945, Page 1

Perry Patterson Is Nazi Prisoner

Pfc. Perry J. Patterson, first reported to be missing in Germany since Dec. 21, is now reported to be a prisoner of war in Germany, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Patterson, 230 Polk street.

He was a member of Company D, 133rd infantry, national guard, and went with the Waterloo company to Camp Claiborne, La., in 1940. He was injured seriously in an auto accident near Traer, Ia., July 5, 1941, following a furlough here, and did not reenter active service until more than a year later.

He had been in Germany but a short time when he was first reported missing.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, April 10, 1945, Page 5

War Veterans Guests of Honor at Baker Home

Three former German prisoners of war and an honorably discharged veteran were feted at a chicken supper Thursday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Baker, 212 Polk street.

Those honored included Sgt. Glenn Gillet, Pvt. Wilbur Fox, Pvt. Perry Patterson and the hosts’ son, Charles L. Baker.

Also sharing the courtesy were Mmes. Charles Baker, Lester Freeland and Misses Florence and Vivian Baker.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, June 22, 1945, Page 6

Waterloo Man Killed in ‘Cycle Crash

Perry J. Patterson, 26, of 81 West 13th street, died at 10:45 p. m. Thursday at People’s hospital in Independence, Ia., after suffering a skull fracture in a motorcycle accident Thursday at 3:15 p. m. two miles east of Jesup on highway 20.

A Buchanan county deputy sheriff said Patterson was traveling between two automobiles on pavement where only one-way traffic is permitted because of repair work being done. He started around the car in front, still in the one-way lane, and ran into soft dirt on the shoulder, throwing him into the ditch.

Patterson was the only one involved in the accident, the deputy said.

He was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Waterloo, the son of Perry C. and Biva Patterson, and was educated in Waterloo schools. Patterson married Shirley Bourcey Aug. 28, 1946 at Park Rapids, Minn.

He is survived by his wife, at home, his parents of Shevlin, Minn., four brothers, Myron, Flint, Mich., Earl Ray, 918 Riehl street, and Jim and Wayne, both of Shevlin, Minn. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Leo Huse, 1101 ½ Sycamore street, and Ada May and Mary Lou Patterson, both of Shevlin. One sister preceded him in death.

A veteran of World war II, Patterson served with the infantry and left Waterloo with the national guard unit at the start of the war. He served overseas a year, and was a German prisoner.

Patterson was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Church of the Open Bible.

Funeral arrangement are incomplete. The body is at Kearn’s Garden chapel.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, September 12, 1947, Page 9

DEATHS

PERRY JUNIOR PATTERSON

Funeral services for Perry J. Patterson, 26, of 81 West 13th street, who died Thursday at 10:45 p.m. at Independence, Ia., following a motorcycle accident, will be Monday at 4 p. m. at Kearns Garden chapel with Rev. Russell E. Pope, pastor of Church of the Open Bible, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery. There will be a military service at the grave.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, September 14, 1947, Page 8