Dickinson County

Cpl. William R. Peterson



Lake Park, Ia.—Special:  Cpl. William L. Peterson, 22, of Lake Park, only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Peterson, was among American soldiers freed last week from the Cabanatuan prison camp on Luzon in the Philippines.  He was graduated from Lake Park high school in May, 1940.  In September, 1940, he joined the army at Fort Snelling, Minn., and October of that year sailed for the Philippines.  He was in the 59th coast artillery on Corregidor.  He has one sister, Arleene.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, February 5, 1945 (photo included)

NOTE: The middle initial for Cpl. William Peterson is different in both of these news articles.


First Sgt. Charles H. Bosard, left in the photo, Warren, Minn., a member of the Sixth rangers battalion which rescued some 500 prisoners of war and civilian internees from the Jap prison camp at Cabanatuan, Luzon, Philippine islands, visited with one of the prisoners he helped rescue, Cpl. William R. Peterson, Lake Park, Ia.  An Associated Press dispatch from San Francisco Thursday reported that Cpl. Peterson had arrived in the United States.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, March 9, 1945 (photo included)