Buchanan County

Ralph C. Stirm



Notes About N.E. Iowans in the Service

BRANDON—Flight Officer Ralph C. Stirm was honorably discharged from the Lincoln army air field separation center, Lincoln, Neb., Sunday.  Stirm enlisted at Des Moines June 26, 1941, and left July 16, 1942, for overseas duty.  He served in the African Middle Eastern theater for 14 months, during which he served as a mechanic and flight engineer with the air transport command.  Upon returning to the United States, he entered pilot training.  He was commissioned and received his wings as a twin engine pilot at Pecos, Tex., Jan. 31, 1945.  After completion of B-29 transitional training at Maxwell field, he was made a co-pilot and engineer on a B-29.  At the time of his discharge and the war’s end, he was awaiting overseas duty.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, October 17, 1945