Pottawattamie County

Lt. Roy M. Pedersen Jr.


Jensen, Chancellor Killed in the Pacific

Bodies of two Council Bluffs war dead have been returned to the United States from the Pacific area aboard the army transport Dalton Victory, the department of the army announced Monday. The two are Seaman 1/c James M. Chancellor, son of Grace Chancellor, 3426 Avenue E., and Cpl. Charles E. Jensen, son of James C. Jensen, 3422 Seventh avenue.

Two Others from County

Two others from Pottawattamie county are Pfc. John J. Caster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caster of Neola, and 2nd Lt. Roy M. Pedersen, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Pedersen, sr., of Avoca.

Lt. Pedersen was first reported missing in action July 28, 1945. No official word was received by his parents from then until June 3, 1948, when they were informed that he was buried at Yokahama, Japan, in the U. S. armed forces cemetery. Lt. Pedersen served in the air corps.

According to reports of fellow officers, when their plane as hit over Hiroshima, Japan, on July 28, 1945, the crew bailed out. It is thought Lt. Pedersen was taken prisoner. No further word was received until after the end of hostilities when Lt. Pedersen was declared dead.

The Roland, Peacock and Baxter funeral home at Atlantic will receive the body. Burial will be in the family plot in Atlantic Cemetery.

[Portions of article regarding S1/C James M. Chancellor, Cpl. Charles E. Jensen and Pfc. John J. Caster are omitted but may be found on their individual webpages within this website.]

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Monday, February 21, 1949, Page 5

S. W. Iowa Deaths
Lt. Roy M. Pedersen.

ATLANTIC – Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Roland, Peacock and Baxter funeral home for Lt. Roy M. Pedersen, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Pedersen of Avoca. He was killed in action in Japan July 28, 1945. Burial will be in Atlantic cemetery.

Lt. Pedersen was born at Atlantic and attended school at Lewis and Avoca. He graduated from the Avoca high school in 1940.

Survivors are the parents; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Wendt of Avoca and Janis Irene Pedersen at home.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, April 10, 1949, p. 23