Plymouth County

William Rosenow


WAR CASUALTYWilliam Rosenow, a machinist’s mate in the Navy and son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenow, farmers living five miles west of Merrill, Ia., was killed in action, apparently in the Pacific war area, the parents have been informed.  He was the second person from this territory to enlist when war broke out.  Surviving in addition to the parents are three brothers, George, an air corps instructor at Keestler field, Biloxi, Miss.; Albert, in the air corps at Pittsburg, Kan., and Ernest, employed in a defense plant in California, and a sister, Helen, living in Sioux City.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, Monday, December 14, 1942 (photo included)

William Rosenow, 25, Killed, Parents Are Informed

Merrill, Ia.—Special: William Rosenow, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenow, farmers living about five miles west of here, has been killed in action, the Navy department informed the parents by telegraph Friday.

The message said it would be impossible to return the body to Merrill. The casualty was the first of the war in this area.

No word of where the action in which young Rosenow was killed took place was received by the parents.  Rosenow, a graduate of Liberty Consolidated high school in 1935, had been in the Navy five years.  He was stationed at Pearl Harbor four years.

Surviving in addition to the parents are four brothers, George and Albert, both in the Army, Ernest, employed on the west coast, and Charles, and two sisters, Mrs. Jorville Stinton and Helen Rosenow of Merrill.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, December 11, 1942


Memorial services for Second Lt. George Rosenow, 25, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday in Concordia Lutheran Church.  Lt. Rosenow was killed in action over France November 9, while piloting a B-26, and was attached to the Ninth air squadron under Gen. Patton.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenow, reside at 321 West street.  Rev. R. W. Meyer will be in charge of the service.

Born June 4, 1919, in Leeds, Lt. Rosenow was graduated from Liberty Consolodated school and later farmed in Liberty township (Plymouth County.)

A brother, William Rosenow, machinist’s mate first class, was killed at sea November 30, 1942, while stationed aboard a cruiser in the area of the Solomon islands.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, February 10, 1945