Muscatine County

Gwyen Arnold Ziegenhorn


Battle Casualties Sadden More Homes

GWYEN ARNOLD ZIEGENHORN, Seaman 1-c – Ruth Hoag Ziegenhorn, route No. 4, on Jan. 13, 1944, was informed of the death of her husband, Seaman Gwyen Arnold Ziegenhorn, on Dec. 1, 1943, in line of duty in New Guinea. He enlisted at Davenport Nov. 27, 1942, and went to sea from Camp Endicott, R. I., serving somewhere in the South Pacific.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Friday, December 29, 1944 (photo included)

140 Have Made Supreme Sacrifice in Muscatine Area In War Against Axis Powers; Many Reported Wounded

The names of those who have made the supreme sacrifice in World War No. 2, compiled from records maintained by The Journal, follow:

Gweyn Arnold Ziegenhorn, S 1/c, husband of Mrs. Ruth Hoag Ziegenhorn, route 4, killed Dec. 1, 1943, in New Guinea.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Victory in Europe Edition, May 7, 1945

Solemn Procession Continues Through 1948 as War Dead Are Returned Home

Flag-draped caskets, coming from the European and Pacific war theaters, were brought to Muscatine county and other neighboring communities at intervals throughout the year of 1948 as the solemn procession of the country’s war dead continued to move home.

As each casket carrying a soldier, sailor, marine or flier who died during World War II was returned, last honors were accorded to the servicemen at funeral and burial rites.  Final interment was in the cemetery chosen by his next-of-kin.

This year was the second for the government’s program of returning the bodies of war dead to the United States for burial in keeping with the wishes of their family. Inaugurated in the fall of 1947, the program has to date seen the return from overseas cemeteries of more than 50 bodies of men from this vicinity who died in the service of their country during the war.

The list of war dead returned to Muscatine and surrounding counties includes the following:

Gwyen A. Ziegenhorn, seaman first class, husband of Mrs. Ruth Ziegenhorn, rural route 4, killed Dec. 1, 1943, in New Guinea. Burial at Memorial Park cemetery, in Muscatine.

Source: The Muscatine Journal, December 30, 1948