Plymouth County

Sgt. Herman Stoos


Sgt. Stoos’ Property To Be Sent Home Says War Dept.

Mrs. Matt Stoos has received a letter from the War Department, confirming a telegram previously received, stating that her son, Sgt. Herman Stoos, lost his life by enemy action in the African theater of war.

The letter also states that Sgt. Stoos’ personal effects will be sent home.

Mrs. Stoos has made efforts to contact her other son, Corporal Sebastian Stoos, now on maneuvers in the Smoky mountains in Tennessee, but has been unable to reach him, either by letters or telegram. He does not know, as yet, of his brother’s fate.

The bereaved mother said she has received numerous messages of condolences. Mrs. Stoos declared that when Joe Fisch came to the farm with a telegram, and tried to break the bad news gently, she thought of her other two sons, Sebastian in Tennessee, and Aloys, on duty in a submarine in the South Pacific, but did not think of Herman as a possible victim, as she had been receiving letters regular from him.

“In every letter,” said Mrs. Stoos, “Herman had something to say about what he was going to do when he was home again.”

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, May 20, 1943


[Note: The news article was obscured and could not be copied. The photograph of Herman Stoos was included with the news item on the front page.]

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Monday, July 12, 1943 (1st photograph above included)


[Family Note documented in Nov. 2011: This article refers to Herman Stoos' mother as Mrs Herman Stoos and she was actually Mrs Mattias Stoos. ~information from Matthew Stoos, nephew]

Mrs. Herman Mattias Stoos has just received a letter from Capt. Chas. A. Easton, commander of the service company in which her son, Sgt. Herman Stoos, was serving when he was killed in Africa. The captain says:

“I wish to extend to you my personal sympathies and the sympathies of the entire command upon the loss of your son, who died bravely while in the line of duty. I sincerely feel that we share your loss with you, for Herman’s absence from our ranks will be greatly felt by those who knew and worked with him.

Your son had been with this company for a long time, having come to us while yet in the States, and throughout this period he was respected by all; a fine soldier and a true friend. He did his work willingly and in such a way as to make it an example to be followed by all.

He has been buried in a well-kept American military cemetery, and his personal effects will be forwarded to you through official channels. If I may in any way be of assistance to you, or give any further information, please feel free to call on me.

In closing may I extend to you the sincere condolences of the entire service company upon the loss of one we know was dear to you. With kindest personal wishes, I remain,
 Very Sincerely yours,
 Chas. R. Easton, Capt. –th Infantry”

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Thursday, July 29, 1943

Iowa’s Honor Roll

Here are more Iowans who have been killed in action. The final line beneath each picture gives the geographical location in which the man was serving. Additional Honor Roll pictures will be carried on future Sundays.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, December 19, 1943 (photo included)