O'Brien County

Sgt. Adrian M. VanSteenbergen




Van Steenbergen Is Given Bronze Star For Heroic Action

With the Fifth Army, Italy—First Sgt. Adrian M. Van Steenbergen, of Sheldon, has been awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action while serving with the 34th “Red Bull” Division during the Tunisian campaign.

He is a nephew of Joe Overman of LeMars.

During an attack on a strongly held enemy position, Van Steenbergen’s company was pinned to the ground by heavy machine-gun and mortar fire, which resulted in several of his men being wounded.

Van Steenbergen went out into the open terrain under enemy observation and heavy fire and administered first aid to the wounded men.

“Sgt. Van Steenbergen’s courageous and timely actions undoubtedly saved the lives of several of his comrades,” the citation with the award said.

Van Steenbergen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McAlpine, is now stationed at Stormville, N.Y., as first sergeant of the guard at the federal penitentiary.  His home is at Sheldon.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, September 25, 1944

Five more members of Co. I., Sheldon National Guard unit, have been discharged from the Army under the point system. They include Sgt. Adrian Van Steenbergen, who has returned from Italy.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 24, 1945