Black Hawk County

Clarence Wendall Ray



“When I Hear People Kicking I Think, ‘These Folks Don’t Know.’ ”

Waterloo families whose boys have been killed or reported missing in action are considering food rationing only a small gesture of patriotism. Gold Stars are numerous now and their number is steadily mounting. And these gold star families are feeling far greater emptiness in their homes than the partial emptiness in their cupboards or their refrigerators.

“We’ve give up two wonderful sons,” Frank Ray, 217 East Fifth street, said yesterday, “and we’re willing to sacrifice meat or food or anything without a word, in order to retain the freedom we have now.”

Mr. and Mrs. Ray lost one son, Harry, Aug. 28 1942. He was killed in action on the Astoria, in the Solomons. A chief machinist’s mate, Harry had been serving in the Navy for 20 years.

Second Son Killed.
Another, Clarence Wendall, was killed Nov. 13, 1942, in a battle in the Solomons. He was a member of the crew on the USS San Francisco.

“When I hear people kicking about food rationing, I think to myself that those folks don’t know what real losses mean,” Ray said.

“I’ve got a busy job right now, but I’d surely like to be making shells—more than anything I’d like to be out there shooting them.”

The Rays have another son, Charley Russell, who has enlisted in the Navy and will be called about May 15.

The mother of the boys said: “We’re glad to do anything to win this war.”

Source: Waterloo Sunday Courier, March 28, 1943

Iowa Honor Roll

These Iowans have given their lives for their country. Each man pictured here has been killed in combat or has died in a prison camp. This group includes the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, who went down with the Juneau. The fourth line under each picture indicates the area in which the man last served. Further Honor Roll photographs will be carried here later.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, February 27, 1944 (photos included)

Clarence Wendell Ray was born June 30, 1921 to Frank L. and Mabel E. Shadbolt Ray. He died Nov. 13, 1942 (was buried at sea) and has a cenotaph in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville, IA and is memorialized at the Walls of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Taguig City, Philippines.

Petty Officer Ray served in World War II with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS San Francisco (CA-38). He was awarded the Purple Heart.