Cerro Gordo County

1st Lt. Ardell E. Rooks


World War II
Gold Star Boys

Ardell E. Rooks
Address: Meservey, Iowa
Entered Service: April 1, 1942
Branch of Service:  Air Corps
Trained:  Santa Ana, Visalia, and Lemoore, California; Douglas, Arizona; Hobbs, New Mexico; Victoria, Kansas.
Embarkation:  April, 1944.
Theatre of Operation:  Asiatic (North Africa and India.)
Rank:  First Lieutenant.
Served:  26 months.
Received his wings and bars on July 26, 1943.
Killed in an airplane crash in Kiunglai, China, on June 27, 1944.
Returned to the states for burial, May 12, 1949.
Parents:  Mr. and Mrs. Ed H. Rooks, Meservey, Iowa.
Wife:  Mrs. Evelyn Rooks, Storm Lake, Iowa.

Source: Service Record Book of Men & Women World War II, Meservey, Iowa, p. 6 (photo included)