Wayne County

Cpl. Edward N. Peterson



Corporal Peterson Killed on Medical Truck in Sicily
Memorial Service at Humiston, Former Home, Sunday at 3

Cpl. Edward N. Peterson, 28, who was employed in Mason City for five years before he went into service, was killed in action in Sicily, according to word received Wednesday by his brothers here.

Corporal Peterson died July 28, 1943, of injuries, it was learned, received when the truck he was driving and with which he was rushing medical supplies to the front at night, was involved in an accident.

Memorial services for Corporal Peterson will be held at Humeston, his former home, at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the Methodist church. The War Department has notified the family that burial has been made in Sicily and the body will be brought back to the United States after the war.

Corporal Peterson was born Feb. 12, 1915, in Fort Atkinson. He moved to Humeston with his parents and for the past five years had been employed by General Mills, Inc., on South Federal avenue.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Peterson, Humeston; three brothers, Lester, 521 Fifth street southwest; Verne, 1707 South Federal avenue; and Pfc. Paul, with the Army in Sicily; and one sister, Mary Jane of Humeston.

Corporal Peterson had been in service 14 months. He had been injured twice while driving at night in the United States under blackout conditions.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, August 12, 1943 (photo included)

35 Cerro Gordo Men Killed in Action in 2 ½ Years of War

Memorial Day this year marks almost 2 ½ years since the United States entered World War II. Of the more than 11 million men serving with the U.S. armed forces at home and overseas, it is estimated that Cerro Gordo county has contributed 4,100 men.

Listed killed in action are as follows:
Cpl. Edward N. Peterson, medical truck, Sicily, July 28, 1943.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, May 30, 1944