Sioux County

Sgt. Wesley E. Thomas

Woodbury County

 

Sergeant Wesley E. Thomas, after spending a 14-day furlough here, has returned to the station hospital, army air force flying navy school, at Hondo, Texas. He joined his wife in Wall Lake, Iowa, and she will accompany him to Hondo. Sergeant Thomas is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Thomas, 2100 S. Patterson Street.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, unk publication date

SGT. W. THOMAS DIES IN ACTION
Former Teacher Killed in Germany—Graduate of Morningside

Sgt. Wesley E. Thomas, son of Mrs. Joseph Thomas, 2100 S. Patterson street, was killed in action in Germany April 1, while serving with the 47th infantry division of the United States First army. He was 29.

Word of his death was received Thursday by his widow, the former Lois Jensen, who now is residing at Wall Lake, Ia.

Sgt. Thomas was a 1938 graduate of the Morningside college conservatory of music. After graduation, he taught public school music for three years at Ocheyedan, Ia. He also was a graduate of East high school.

He entered the service July 7, 1942, and received medical corps training at the Hondo, Tex., air base. Only recently he was transferred to the infantry and went overseas late in February this year.

Sgt. Thomas was a member of Grace Methodist church. Survivors are the widow; a 15-month-old daughter, Carol Anne; his mother, and a brother, Clifford, who resides at Elgin, Ill. He was married in August, 1941.

No details concerning the manner in which Sgt. Thomas met death were given in the first message. He was the 31st former student of Morningside college to be killed in this war.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 20, 1945 (photos included)

Sgt. Wesley E. Thomas, son of Mrs. Joseph Thomas of Sioux City, and former Ireton residents, was killed in action in Germany April 1 while serving with the 47th infantry division of the United States First army. His widow, former Lois Jensen, and a 15-month-old daughter, Carol Anne, who reside at Wall Lake, his mother, Mrs. Joseph Thomas, and a brother, Clifford of Elgin, Ill., survive. He was 29 years of age. He was married in August, 1941. A graduate of the Morningside college conservatory of music in 1938, and after completion taught in public school for three years in music at Ocheyedan. He entered the service July 7, 1942, and received medical corps training at the Hondo, Tex., air base. Only recently he was transferred to the infantry and went overseas the latter part of February, 1945.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, April 24, 1945

SERVICEMEN
IRETON:
Killed in Action

Ireton: Sgt. Wesley E. Thomas, who was killed in action in Germany on April 1, while serving with the 9th Infantry Division of the First Army, was born on a farm north of Ireton on March 11, 1916.

Source: Sioux County Capital, May 3, 1945

Sgt. Wesley E. Thomas, who was reported killed on April 1, 1945, was born on a farm north of Ireton on March 11, 1916. He was a son of Mrs. Joseph Thomas of Sioux City. He moved to Sioux City with his parents and was graduated from East High and Morningside college. Before entering the service he was working on his Masters degree in music at the University of Iowa. He taught in the public schools at Ocheyedan four years. Ha was united in marriage with Lois Jensen of Wall Lake on August 5, 1941, and to this union was born one daughter, Carol Anne, who with the wife survives him. He is also survived by his mother and one brother, Clifford Thomas of Elgin, Ill.

Source: Hawarden Independent, May 3, 1945

Last Rites for Sgt. Thomas

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Tarrell attended the funeral services for S/Sgt Wesley E. Thomas at Wall Lake Tuesday. Sgt. Thomas, a former Ireton resident, was killed in action in Germany April 1, 1945, while serving with the 47th infantry division of the First army. He was 29 years old.

He was a graduate of East high school in Sioux City, a 1938 graduate of the conservatory of music at Morningside college. Following his graduation he taught music in the public school at Ocheyedan for three years. He entered the service July 7, 1942, receiving his medical corps training at Hondo, Texas. He went overseas in February, 1945. He was a member of the Grace Methodist church of Sioux City.

Survivors are the widow, Lois Thomas; a daughter, Carol Ann of Wall Lake; his mother, Mrs. Nellie Thomas of Sioux City, and a brother, Clifford, of Sioux City. He was married in August, 1941. He was the 31st Morningside ex-student to be killed in World War II.

Source: Hawarden Independent, Thursday, January 27, 1949