Sioux County

Lt. Dave Vermeer

Born 15 Mar 1924
Died 18 Mar 1945
The tombstone for David E. Vermeer in Memory Gardens, Sioux Center, IA. states that he was buried in Liege, Belgium.




The sons of Mr. and Mrs. Peter E. Vermeer, of Sioux Center, who recently were home on leaves have these new addresses: 2nd Lt. David E. Vermeer, Sec. K, A.A.B., Lincoln, Nebr.  Lt. Bernard E. Vermeer, Lockhorne A.A.B., Columbus, Ohio.

Source:  Sioux Center News, January 25, 1945

Lt. Dave Vermeer Missing In Action

Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Vermeer received a telegram from the War Department on Friday morning that their son Lt. Dave was missing in action since the 18th of March, somewhere in Germany after a raid over Berlin at which time 25 planes were lost.

Dave left for the service in February of 1943 and left for active overseas service the early part of Feb. of this year.  He was with the 557th Div. of the 8th Army air corps with headquarters stationed in England.  As far as it is known this was his 7th mission.

The News joins their many friends in sincerely hoping that Mr. and Mrs. Vermeer will soon receive word concerning their son’s safety.

Source: The Sioux Center News, Thursday, April 12, 1945


Sioux Center:  Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Vermeer received the message from the War Department Friday morning that their son, Lt. Dave Vermeer, was missing in action since the 18th of March.

He is the youngest of the three Vermeer brothers in the service, and left for overseas only a few months ago.

Source: The Sioux County Capital, Orange City, Iowa, April 12, 1945 (photo included)

David Elmer Vermeer was born Mar. 15, 1924 to Peter E. and Rena Borgman Vermeer. He died Mar. 18, 1945 and is buried in Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium and has a cenotaph in Memory Gardens Sioux Center Cemetery, Sioux Center, IA.

2nd Lt. Vermeer served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 613th Bomber Squadron, 401st Bomber Group, Heavy and was KIA and awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.