Cerro Gordo County

Dale E. Wentworth



35 Cerro Gordo Men Killed in Action in 2 ½ Years of War

Memorial Day this year marks almost 2 ½ years since the United States entered World War II.  Of the more than 11 million men serving with the U.S. armed forces at home and overseas, it is estimated that Cerro Gordo county has contributed 4,100 men.

Listed killed in action are as follows:
Dale E. Wentworth, seaman 1/c, on destroyer, USS Nicholson, May 12, 1944.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, May 30, 1944

At Grace Evangelical Church With Patriotic Organizations Present

Memorial services will be conducted at the Grace Evangelical church Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock for Dale E. Wentworth, signalman 1/c, who died in the service of his country in a hospital in the Pacific on May 12. The Rev. G. H. Bamford, pastor of the church, will be in charge with patriotic organizations present with their colors.

Signalman Wentworth enlisted in the Navy in 1936 following his graduation from high school here that year. That enlistment was completed in 1940 and he was hoe for about 6 months before enlisting again in February, 1941.

Besides his father, Charles R. Wentworth, 5 Lehigh, North Federal, he is survived by two brothers, Lyle, seaman 1/c, somewhere in the Pacific, and Wayne, at home; 2 sisters, Clarabell and Ruth, at home; and his grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hutton, Wisconsin.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 11, 1944 (photo included)

North Iowans Among Yanks on Transport

Remains of 4,459 Americans who lost their lives during World War II are being returned to San Francisco from Manila aboard the United States Army Transport Lt. George W. G. Boyce, the department of the army announced Monday.

Armed forces dead originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands are among those being brought to this country.

A total of 110 remains are being returned upon instructions of next of kin residing in Iowa.

North Iowans in the list include the following:
SM1C Dale E. Wentworth, Mason City.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 1, 1948

Dale E. Wentworth Services to Be on Monday Afternoon

Services of SM/1c Dale E. Wentworth, 2317 N. Federal, who died in the service of his country while aboard the USS Nicholson in the South Pacific, near New Guinea, May 12, 1944, will be held at the chapel of the McAuley and Son Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Rev. F. W. Wendland, pastor of Grace Evangelical church, will officiate. Interment will be at the Veterans Field of Honor in Memorial Park Cemetery. The body will arrive in Mason City at 10:02 a.m. Monday via the Rock Island Lines.

Signalman Wentworth was born March 7, 1918, in Mason City. He attended the Mason City schools and was graduated from the Mason City high school. He enlisted in the Navy June 16, 1936, at Des Moines, and was honorably discharged June 14, 1940, at San Diego.

He re-enlisted Feb. 21, 1941, at Des Moines and had completed 7 years of service in the Navy at the time of his death. He was a member of the San Juan Marne post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Surviving are his father Charles R. Wentworth; 2 sisters, Clarabell and Ruth Wentworth; 2 brothers, Quartermaster Chief Lyle C. Wentworth in the U. S. Navy and Wayne Wentworth of Mason City; and a grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hutton, Council Bluffs.

The McAuley and Son Funeral Home in charge.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 19, 1948 (photo included)

D. Wentworth Services Held
Military Rites Are Held at Cemetery

Services for M/1c Dale Edward Wentworth, who died in the service of his country in the South Pacific May 12, 1944, were held at the chapel of the McAuley and Son funeral home Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev. F. W. Wentland, pastor of Grace Evangelical church, officiating.

Mrs. Roscoe E. Patton played obsequial music on the organ.

Pallbearers were Robert, Alfred and Lester Moss, Chester Carroll, Don Simes and Hurschel O'Brien. Interment was at Memorial Park cemetery, where military rites were conducted at the graveside.

Chief Alfred Funk of the U.S. navy receiving center, Kansas City, Mo., was the escort.

In Charge of Rites

Military rites were in charge of Comdr. John G. Brown, American Legion, and Comdr. Art O'Green, V. F. W. W. D. Bracken and Leo Allistot; V. F. W. colorbearers, Wayne Angell and Robert Platts. The American Legion colorgard was John A. Brown and J. H. Sprau.

American Legion Auxiliary colorbearers were Mrs. George Platts and Mrs. L. H. Mohr; V. F. W. [Auxiliary] colorbearers were Mrs. Robert Rich and Mrs. Otto Englebretson.

The firing squad consisted of members of Company H of th 133rd Infantry of the Iowa National Guard.

Also attending the services from the V. F. W. and the American Legion were James Sheehy, Elmer Wodracek, Richard Wills, Joe Szymeczek and Reese Henderon and Vernon Proctor.

Attend Rites

Attending the services from out of the city were Mr. and Mr. Leslie Rush, Cresco; Mrs. William Frank, Elma; Orville Frank, Elma; Alvin Frank, St. Ansgar; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dinger, Cresco; Mr. and Mrs. Dave Dinger, Cresco; and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Enright, Elma.

The following personnel met the train Monday morning: American Legion colorbearers, Comdr. John G. Brown and Leo Allstot; American Legion colorguard, John A. Brown and W. D. Lattimer; V. F. W. colorbearers, Robert Rish and Elmer Ziegler.

Pallbearers at the train reprsenting the V. F. W. and American Legion were Robert Platts, Henry Penderfraff, Wayne Angell, Leo Risacher, Stanley McClintock and Harold Petersim.

American Legion Auxiliary colorbearers were Mrs. L. Whipple and Mrs. Oscar Jewell and V. F. W. Auxiliary colorbearers were Mrs. Grace Jensen and Mrs. Otto Englebretson.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, Thursday, July 22, 1948, Page 13