Woodbury County

Cpl. William A. Stelck

 

 

Correctionville Gunner on Bomber Reported Missing

Correctionville, Ia.—Special: Sergeant Virgil Lowell Stelck, 21, a wing gunner in the crew of a heavy bomber has been reported missing in action following a raid in the north African area on March 24, according to a telegram received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Stelck.

Sergeant Stelck enlisted in February, 1943, and went overseas on March 8, 1944.  Mr. and Mrs. Stelck have two other sons in the service, Gerald W. Stelck, quartermaster second class with the Navy in the south Atlantic, and Private First Class William A. Stelck, with the marines in the south Pacific.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 17, 1944

VIRGIL STELCK KILLED IN ACTION
Correctionville Boy Dies in German Plane Raid

Correctionville, Ia.—Special: Sergeant Virgil Lowell Stelck, 21, a wing gunner in a heavy bomber crew, who was reported missing in action March 24, lost his life on a combat mission in the heart of Germany the morning of March 24, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Stelck, have been notified by the War Department.

Sergeant Stelck enlisted in February, 1943, and went overseas March 8, 1944.  Mr. and Mrs. Stelck have two other sons in the service, Gerald W. Stelck, quartermaster second class in the Navy in the south Atlantic, and Private Firist Class William Arcell Stelck, with the marines in the south Pacific.

Memorial services will be held pending word received from relatives in California.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 5, 1944

Sioux Cityans at State Party

Two Sioux City marines, Pfc. Clarence Howard and Pvt. Philip A. Desy, and a Correctionville marine, Cpl. William A. Stelck, were among seven Iowans in the First marine division of the South Pacific, who met at a “state party” given by the Red Cross. Pictured above, the marines exchanged home addresses so that their new friendships may be continued “after Tokyo.” From left to right are:
Pvt. John P. Strehmaier, Keokuk;
Pfc. Alfred D. Clark, Sabula;
Cpl. Stelck;
Pvt. Ralph Liljidahl, Missouri Valley;
Pfc. Howard;
Pvt. Desy,
Pvt. Joseph Morales, Oelwein.

Pfc. Howard is the son of Mrs. Mathilda House, 2215 W. Second street; Pvt. Desy is the son of Albert Desy, 1701 Center street, and Cpl. Stelck is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stelck, Correctionville.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 11, 1945 (photo included)