Sioux County

Pvt. Gerrit TerHaar



Pvt. Gerrit TerHaar has a complete new address which we are not permitted to publish. He is now in Guam.  Call the News, if you wish for his address.

Source: Sioux Center News, August 31, 1944

Mr. & Mrs. John TerHaar received the sad message from the war department early Monday morning that their son Pfc. Gerrit TerHaar had been killed in action on Okinawa on May 2. He was with the 77th division of the infantry, and was 19 years old.

Gerrit left for the service on Oct. 4, 1943, and received his training at Camp Fannin, Texas. After having completed his basic training, he spent a week's furlough at home in the latter part of February and then reported at Ford Ord, Calif., the early part of March, from where he left for overseas service the early part of April.

He is survived by his parents, and five sisters, Johanna (Mrs. Harold Meendering) of Doon; Gertrude (Mrs. John Zomermaand) of Sioux Center, Christina of Glenwood and Wesselena and Bertha at home.

No immediate plans have been made for a memorial service, and the News joins their friends in extending its sincere sympathy to the family in the loss of their son and brother.

Source: Sioux Center News, June 28, 1945

Memorial Services For Pvt. Gerrit TerHaar

Memorial Services will be held next Tuesday evening, 8:00 P.M. for Pvt. Gerrit TerHaar, who was killed on Okinawa, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John TerHaar, a few weeks ago. The services will be held in Central Reformed Church, with Rev. R. D. Meengs in charge.

Source: Sioux Center News, July 26, 1945 (photo included)

Double Memorial Service

Memorial services for two Sioux Center boys were held in Central Reformed Church Tuesday evening, for Sgt. Charles Aardema, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Aardema, and Pfc. Gerrit Ter Haar, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ter Haar.  Aardema lost his life on the island of Luzon, and Ter Haar at Okinawa. 

Source: Sioux Center News, August 2, 1945 p 1

Pvt. Gerrit Ter Haar was born May 14, 1925 to John and Berendje “Bertha” Ter Haar. He died May 2, 1945 and is buried in Memory Gardens Sioux Center Cemetery, Sioux Center, IA.