Woodbury County

Leonard M. Purcell




T. Sgt. John Trobaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Trobaugh, 619 Florence avenue, is spending a 30-day furlough with his parents following 32 months of overseas duty.  His cousin, Leonard M. Purcell, pharmacist’s mate second class, who was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Trobaugh, also is spending a 30-day leave with them.

Sgt. Trobaugh, together with four friends from LeMars:  S. Sgt. Phillip J. Dominick, Sgt. James H. Hardacre, Sgt. Syd Young, and Sgt. Jack Rickabaugh, was with an infantry division which saw action in Ireland, England, Africa, and Italy.  All five are now home on furloughs.

Sgt. Trobaugh was wounded in the battle for the Anzio beachhead and received a purple heart.  He is stationed at the O’Reilly hospital at Springfield, Mo.  His brother, Pfc. Jack Trobaugh is stationed in France.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, November 17, 1944 (photo included)