Black Hawk County

Pvt. Percy F. Stevens




Waterloo Casualties in France

Messages received Saturday from the French front brought sorrow to three more Waterloo homes, one Waterloo soldier being list as killed, a second missing, and a third wounded, all were infantrymen.

Pvt. Percy F. Stevens was killed, Pfc. William H. Bodwell, was reported missing, and Pvt. Donald Moeller, wounded.

Private Stevens, 29, whose wife and four children reside at 99 Front Street, was killed Sept. 29, approximately three weeks after he arrived overseas.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Stevens, 101 Front Street, he had been in service since March this year, and received training at Camp Fannin, Tex. Prior to that time he was employed by the Rath Packing Co.

Born Dec. 24, 1914, in Waterloo he attended Lowell school. He was married Nov. 22, 1943 to Evelyn Grover, Waterloo.

Surviving besides his parents, wife and four children, Darwin, Donald, David, and Doreen all at home, is one brother, Carl, 100 Front Street.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, November 17, 1944, Page 3

Bodies of 5 Waterloo Men Back in U. S.

The bodies of five fallen Waterloo soldiers, one from Cedar Falls and six from other northeast Iowa towns have been returned to the United States, the war department said Wednesday.

Included in the long list of 7, 572 Americans returned to their home soil for reburial [is] Pvt. Percy F. Stevens, 101 Front street.

The bodies were returned aboard the United States army transport, Carroll Victory, the war department said.

Armed forces dead originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in France, Belgium and Holland are among those brought back to this country. There were 135 from Iowa.

The army stated that each next of kin was notified in advance of arrival of the vessel, and would be notified again after arrival of the remains at the regional distribution centers of the American graves registration service.

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Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, November 17, 1948, Page 7

Body of Pvt. Stevens Due Friday

The body of Pvt. Percy F. Stevens, who was killed Sept. 29, 1944, in the European theater of operations, will be brought to Waterloo Friday at 5:10 p. m. and taken to Ray Hurley funeral home.

Services will be at 2:30 p. m. Saturday in Hurley chapel with Rev. Frank W. Court officiating, and burial will be in Fairview cemetery.

Private Stevens was born Dec. 24, 1914, in Waterloo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Stevens, 101 Front street, and attended Lowell school.

He married Evelyn Grover in Waterloo, Nov. 22, 1943.

Surviving besides his parents are his wife, now Mrs. Floyd Williams, Millerdale addition; four children, Darwin, Donald, David and Doreen, all in Millerdale; and one brother, Carl, 100 Front street.

Before entering service in March, 1944, he was employed at Rath Packing Co. He trained at Camp Fannin, Tex.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, December 16, 1948, Section Two, Page 23 (photo included)