Woodbury County

Capt. Lloyd M. Reiser




IDPA Writer Travels Road Under Fire
By FRANK MILES (Iowa Daily Press War Correspondent)

With the 5th Army in Italy—(IDPA)—[excerpt]

During the day I saw soldiers digging foxholes in rocky, brush covered soil, soldiers camped on beds of stone at the edge of a stream in a ravine and foot soldiers marching up to positions where they would engage in deadly clashes with the enemy.

Frequent rains and cold weather make the job of beating the Germans all the harder and more hazardous but it is being done by the brave men of the 5th Army.

Capt. Lloyd M. Reiser, Sioux City, recently selected a site for his artillery headquarters in the midst of a $400,000 art treasure cache in North Italy.

The stone villa he chose was well enfiladed with enemy fire. He noticed some framed, life-sized sketches in the cellar but since he had often seen painting and sculptures in houses he had entered, he thought nothing of it.

A day or two later an AG official arrived to look for a certain collection, which had been placed in the building during the drive on Florence.  He identified the large drawings as the work of several 16th century fresco painters, among them Tintoretto, Soroccio, Bronzine and Andrea del Sarto. He estimated their value at 40,000,000 lire.

Captain Reiser has a wife and 3 children in Sioux City.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, October 28, 1944


Capt. L. M. Reiser, 1713 Myrtle street, who recently returned from Italy, entertained parents and relatives of boys in the 185th field artillery at a party Friday night. This unit was a former Sioux City national guard company and the one with which Capt. Reiser was stationed. He brought verbal messages to the parents of the boys still over there. A similar group of parents and relatives was entertained by him last week.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 17, 1945


Capt. Lloyd M. Reiser now is in Italy after spending a 42-day leave with his family at 1713 Myrtle street.  He went overseas with the national guard unit from Sioux City in 1942.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Reiser, Call Terminal building.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, March 20, 1945