Mitchell County

Kenneth E. Young



War Department Wires Parents at St. Ansgar

Stacyville—Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Edward Young of St. Ansgar received a telegram from the War Department stating their son, Kenneth Edward Young, 18, torpedoman’s mate 3rd class, was killed in action in the performance of his duty.

Kenneth Edward Young was born Dec. 30, 1925, at Stacyville. He enlisted in the Navy reserve Feb. 2, 1943, and left the same day for Des Moines. He was sent to Farragut, Idaho, for boot training and from there to Norfolk, Va.

He was assigned to sea duty and made several trips across the Atlantic. In February he was transferred to Pacific duty where he served 11 months.

Kenneth Young attended public school at Stacyville until his parents moved to St. Ansgar 8 years ago, where his father is foreman of an Illinois Central railroad section crew. An uncle, Winston Young of Austin, is also in the Navy on overseas duty.

Source: Mason City, Globe-Gazette, July 2, 1944

Services at St. Ansgar for Kenneth E. Young

St. Ansgar-- Memorial services will be held Sunday at 2 o'clock at the high school auditorium for Kenneth E. Young, who was killed in action in the south Pacific. Milton Nothdweft, pastor of the Methodist church, will be in charge.

Young was a torpedoman 2/c of the United States naval reserve. He attended the local high school for 3½ years, then enlisted in the naval reserve, and left on February 2, 1943, for Farragut, Idaho, for boot training.

He was graduated from the fleet service school, torpedo division, at Norfolk, Va., after a 12 weeks' course, and in February, 1944, was transferred to the south Pacific. He was home on leave the last part of June, 1943.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Young, his sisters, Alice and Arlene, and a brother, Harold, at home, also his two grandmothers, Mrs. Laura Cleveland, Spring Valley, Minn., and Mrs. Bertha Young, St. Ansgar.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette Monday, July 10, 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:
TM3 Kenneth E. Young, St. Ansgar.

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


St. Ansgar, Iowa - Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Young received word that the body of their son, Torpedo-man's Mate Third class, Kenneth E. Young, will arrive in Manly Saturday morning from Kansas City.

Young enlisted in the naval reserve in January 1943, and entered service on Feb. 2, 1943. He received his training at Camp Bennion, Farragut, Idaho.

In February, 1944, he was transferred to the South Pacific where he was on duty at the time of his death, June 12, 1944.

Young was 18 years old when he was killed in action. His body was temporarily buried in the southwest Pacific and it will be permanently buried in the St. Ansgar cemetery.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 P.M. in the Methodist Church.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 23, 1948

NOTE: The St. Ansgar Cemetery listing on IaGenWeb shows:
YOUNG, Kenneth Edward; December 30, 1925 -- June 12, 1944; son of H. & B.; Veteran, KIA.