Pottawattamie County

Pfc. Martin Renteria


Return Bodies of 4 Local Soldiers
98 Iowans Aboard Lawrence Victory

Bodies of four Council Bluffs soldiers are being returned to the United States from Europe aboard the army transport, Lawrence Victory, the department of the army announced Friday. The vessel will arrive at New York.

Council Bluffs soldiers are being returned: 2nd Lt. Leland J. Evers, son of Albert F. Evers, 908 Avenue H; Sgt. Richard M. Petrus, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Petrus, sr., 219 Frank street; Pfc. Martin Renteria, son of Paul Renteria, 1922 South Fourth street; and Sgt.Kenneth H. Stockman, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Stockman, 905 Twenty-sixth avenue.

Stockman, Petrus and Evers were all members of the army air force. Renteria was assigned to the infantry.

A total of 98 Iowa bodies are included in the shipment of 5,374 Americans who lost their lives in Europe.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Sunday, July 2, 1948, Page 15

Soldier Returned Here for Burial
Pfc. Martin Renteria

Funeral services for Pfc. Martin Renteria, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renteria, 1707 Third Street, will be held Saturday at 10 a. m. at St. Francis church.

A requiem mass will be celebrated by Msgr., James P. Danahey. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s cemetery. Military rites will be conduced by the VFW.

The body will arrive in Council Bluffs late Thursday and will lie in state at the family residence until time of funeral.

Wounded in action during the invasion of Europe, Pfc. Renteria later died in a hospital in England.

Other survivors are a sister, Hope Renteria, and a brother, Antonia Renteria, both of Council Bluffs.

The Beem-Belford Funeral home is in charge.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Thursday, July 15, 1948, Page 14