Woodbury County

Sgt. King O. Pixler




Pierson Soldier with 7th Army Wins Decoration

Pierson, Iowa—Special- Sergeant King O. Pixler, serving with the Seventh army overseas, has been presented with the army decoration for gallantry in action, bestowed because of his heroic act officially described as follows;

“When a direct enemy hit wounded a soldier who was manning a forward observation post, Sergeant Pixler crossed terrain under heavy enemy machine gun fire helped and helped remove the man to a place of comparative safety. Later he crawled to the abandoned observation post and recovered a radio.”

Pixler sent the decoration, a star on a red, white and blue ribbon, to his brother, Howard Pixler at Spencer, with whom he made his home in 1942. Just where the Seventh army and Sergeant Pixler are at the present time is a military secret, and has been since the closing of the Sicilian campaign. He has written home asking for reading material.

Prior to the beginning of the war Pixler had served with the navy and marines. After war was declared, he entered the army. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pixler of Pierson. In addition to his brother in Spencer, Pixler has a brother, Lester, who is with the armed forces in the United States.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, December 17, 1943

Pierson Sergeant in Gun Battery Praised for Work

Pierson, Ia.—Special: Sgt. King O. Pixler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pixler, is a member of the provisional assault gun battery, 70th tank battalion, which was recently commended for meritorious service performed against the enemy in Europe.

The commendation from Lt. Col. Robert E. O’Brien, jr., told of the work of the battery facing the Siegfried line, from September 20 to September 30, when the battery delivered more than 2,000 rounds of fire “with the efficiency and results of a fully organized and trained artillery battalion.”

Sgt. Pixler, who has been in service since April, 1942, has previously been decorated for gallantry in action. He has a brother, Pfc. Lester Pixler, who is stationed at Camp Cook, Cal., while two other brothers, Howard and Ivan, operate an electric company at Spencer, Ia.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 1, 1945