Sioux County

Pvt. Jake P. Attema



Eight Sioux county young men left Wednesday for Omaha where they will be inducted into the United States army.  Three others went to Des Moines for induction.  The eleven were selected for service in call number 10.  Those who went to Omaha were:
The three who went to Des Moines were:
Tunis Attema of Rock Valley (volunteer)
Jake P. Attema of Rock Valley (539)

Source: Hawarden Independent April 17, 1941 p 1

Soldiers Address
For those who wish to write the Attema boys their address is as follows:
Jake Pier Attema, or Tunis Attema
Company G, 133rd Infantry
34th Division
Camp Claiborne, La.
Parents, if you will bring in the address of your sons in army camp we will be happy to publish it so that their friends can write them.

Source: Sioux Center News May 01, 1941 p 1

24 Local Boys Serve In Army & Navy
Expect More To Be Drafted Near Future
Twenty-four boys from Sioux Center and near vicinity are now serving in the army and the navy.  some of these boys have been drafted and some have volunteered.  More of our boys will be drafted into military service in the near future, and each day it appears that we are drawing nearer to an open war on the side of England.  We publish below a list of the boys with their addresses, with the thought that their friends will write them letters.
Jake P. Attema
Company G, 133rd Inf., 34 Div.
Camp Claiborne, La.

Source: Sioux Center News July 31, 1941 p 47

Jake Attema
Company F
109th Quartermaster Regiment
APO 34
Camp Claiborne, La.

Source: Sioux Center News Aug. 21, 1941 p 4

The two Attema boys of west of town who were inducted in the US Army, and are now stationed at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, arrived home last week on a month's furlough.  Both the boys say that they enjoy army life.  Both are in the Quartermaster Corps and their main work is driving.

Source: Sioux County Index Oct. 24, 1941 p 4

Write the Boys in the Service
Tunis Attema and Jake Attema
Co. F. 109th Q.M. Regiment
APO 34
Camp Claiborne, La.

Source: Sioux Center News Oct. 30, 1941 p 8

Call Attema Boys Back Into Army
Tony and Jake Attema, sons of Mr. and Mrs. P. Attema, who had been released fron the army because of the former 28 year-old age limit, have been called back into service.  They left Saturday morning.

Source: Rock Valley Bee Jan. 16, 1942 p 1

Tunis and Jake Attema, who were recently called back to active duty, wrote home that they are now in Arkansas.  The were sent to Fort Des Moines and never did go back to Claiborne.  The brothers are in the same tent and both are drivers of 1942 trucks.  Their present address is: Tunis and Jake Attema, Det. Q.M. Station Compliment, Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 29, 1942 p 13

58 Soldiers From Sioux Center Vicinity
The American Legion has been sending inspirational letters each month to the soldiers of the Sioux Center vicinity and are anxious to have a complete list of the men in the service.  The NEWS has published the names of the men who left to serve their country in the "NEWS ABOUT OUR SOLDIERS" column.  Please contact the NEWS if any soldier has been omitted or if the rank is not correct in the list which follows:
Pvt. Jake Attema
Keep the Sioux Center News informed when your soldier has a promotion in rank, change of address, or just a line about how he is getting along.  Little sidelights on the activities of the men under arms are of interest to everyone.  Call us anytime and give us a news item on the man who has gone to serve his country in the time of war.  The News Reporter cannot contact each one of you every week so your cooperation will be appreciated.  Every letter from the soldiers indicate a great deal of pleasure is derived in reading about his fellow "Buddy" and the mutual experiences in the U.S. service.

Source: Sioux Center News March 26, 1942 p 7

Tunis and Jake Attema arrived on Wednesday morning for a ten day furlough.  They came to Sioux City by train, reaching there at 2 A.M.  They called their father at Rock Valley and he came to get them from the home of their younger brother Lane who resides in Sioux City.  The boys said they travelled thirty hours, and stood up from St. Louis to Omaha, a distance of 400 miles, because of the crowded trains.  The Attema boys left here in April 1941, and were released in November when the 28 year age limit was passed.  They were recalled in January of 1942 and this is their first visit home since then.  they have been together since they joined the armed forces, both of them being in the Quarter Masters Detachment, driving trucks carrying provisions and supplies.  Both received promotions to Private First Class at about the same time six weeks ago.

Source: Sioux Center News Nov. 5, 1942 p 11

Brothers Work Together For Uncle Sam

Tunis and Jake Attema
Tunis and Jake Attema, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Pier Attema, joined the army together and have remained together ever since.  The boys left here in April, 1941, were released in Nov. '41 when the 28 year age limit was set, were recalled to service again in January of 1942.  they came home Nov. 4th for a ten day furlough, their first since being recalled to the army.  These brothers have been together all the way through, were promoted to First Class Privates about the same time six weeks before they came home.  They are in the Quartermaster Detachment driving trucks carrying provisions and supplies.  Their addresses: P.F.C. Tunis Attema (Jake's also),  Q.M. Det. 8th C.A.S.C., Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 3, 1942 p 1

Tunis and Jake Attema, sons of Pier Attema of Rock Valley, wrote a letter thanking everyone who donated to the Soldier's Christmas Box Fund.  They were very pleased with their gifts and enjoyed everything that was sent.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 17, 1942 p 11

Sioux Center Civic Club:
Dear Friends:- Well its evening again about 8 o'clock. Tunis and myself washed tonight so we saved a couple dollars again.  I don't like it but no lady in the house so there you are.  Well, how is everything in Sioux County, I guess it's pretty cold there, at least according to the last letter from home.  I like the South better, at least the winters are not so long.  Yesterday was really a nice day. It was 76 degrees, which is not very cold.  Well we have been here over a year, and still hauling clothes for the Induction Station, and besides this we haul recruits to the city who are inducted here.  we have seen hundreds of men come and go.  Also in from the trianing center, thousands of them.  We had a record day here a couple months ago putting 100 men in uniform in one single day and that means a lot of clothes.  But I really enjoy my job, every day we work with different men.  Well, we have 20 months of service in, lacking a couple days, and never been on sick call once.  So I guess army life is not so bad.  I think our Buddies are doing a good job and more power to them.  I would like to meet my own Buddies from Louisiana.  It was a swell bunch of boys---just a big happy family.  Well if it's all over with maybe we will meet again.  They are all from Minnesota and Iowa.  Well folks, my news is about gone and I will close for this time, and some day we will be back to stay if it's over we hope.
As ever, Attema Bros., Jake and Tunis
PFC J. P. Attema
Q.M. Det. 8th C.A.S.C.
Camp Robinson, Ark.
U.S. Army

Source: Sioux Center News Feb. 11, 1943 p 9

Send Them The Bee
The following men in the armed service of our nation are receiving the Rock Valley Bee.  There are doubtless many more who would enjoy getting the home news regularly each week whether in camp this side or overseas.  One dollar will send a soldier the Bee for the duration.
Pvt. Jake P. Attema

Source: Rock Valley Bee June 4, 1943 p 1

T/5 Tunis Attema of Rock Valley came home on furlough on January 6th, thereby being separated from his brother Jake with whom he entered the service over two years ago.  This was the first time the two brothers had been separated in all their months of service in the army.  Tunis expected a fourteen day furlough while his brother Jake was sent to Camp Claiborne, La., but after two days had passed he was called back to Camp Robinson, Arkansas where orders for his transfer to Camp Claiborne awaited him.  So now the brothers are bunking together again.  Their new address is T/5 Tunis (and Jake) Attema, 749, Eng. Base Equip. 1st Prov. Trg. Reg. E.U.T.C., Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 27, 1944 p 2

Former Sioux Center Girl Weds At Primghar
A beautiful church wedding took place at the American Reformed Church at Primghar on Thursday evening, May 11, 1944 when Miss Joanna Clarissa Van Kley became the bride of Cpl. Tunis Attema of Camp Claiborne, La., son of Mr. and Mrs. Pier Attema of Rock Valley.....
The young couple will leave for Camp Claiborne, La. on Saturday morning of this week where both the groom and his brother will report back to duty after enjoying a two weeks leave.  The brothers have been together since their entrance into the service.

Source: Sioux Center News May 18, 1944 p 5

Pictured here are the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Pier Attema of Rock Valley, Iowa.
(Photo of the 3 brothers included)
Cpl. Tunis and Jake Attema entered the service on April 17, 1941.  They received their basic training at Camp Clairborne, Louisiana.  They were then stationed at Arkansas, and recently were again sent back to Camp Clairborne where they are building a road.  Both are in the Engr. Corp.  Tunis was married during his last furlough, May 11,  to Clarissa Van Kley and are living in Mansfield, La.

Pvt. Arthur Attema entered the service on Feb. 14, 1944.  He received his basic training at Camp Craft, Calif.  In July he was transferred to Fort Ord, California, and also spent a few days delay in route with his parents.  His address is:
Pvt. Arthur Attema 37490260
C.O.D. 4th Battalion, 2nd Reg.
A.G.F. Replacement Depot No. 2
Fort Ord, Calif.

Source: Sioux Center News Aug. 3, 1944 p 2


T/5 Tunis and T/5 Jake Attema, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Pier Attema of Rock Valley, arrived home Friday evening to spend a two-week leave with their relatives.  Tunis (Tony) was accompanied by his wife.  The brothers have been in service over three and a half years, and have been together constantly since they entered.  They are stationed at Camp Claiborne, La. where they have been driving supply trucks.
Their youngest brother Arthur entered the service last February, left the states in July and is now stationed in the Hawaiian Islands where he is attending radio school.

Source: Sioux Center News Nov. 9, 1944 p 2

T/5 Tunis and T/5 Jake Attema are spending a two weeks furlough at the parental Pier Attema home here.  They are from Camp Claiborne, La., and are both engineers, one driving a wrecker and the other a truck.  So far they have managed to stay together through their 3 1/2 years in the army although they were transferred from Camp Robinson to Camp Claiborne.

Source: Sioux Center News Nov. 16, 1944 p 2

T/5 Teunis Attema and his brother, T/5 Jake Attema, sons of Pier Attema have both received their APO numbers, having shipped out to the Pacific area in January.  Their APO number is 75.  The brothers both left for the army exactly 4 years ago on April 17, and have been together constantly except for about a month, when Teunis was home on furlough, and Jake was transferred to the same camp to which Teunis went after his furlough.  They have another brother in the Pacific area, who left earlier.  Both boys are in the 749th Engineer Base Equipment Company.  There is a difference of only 6 in their serial numbers.

Source: Sioux Center News April 26, 1945 p 2

Tony and Jake Attema, who left on the same day for the army, four years and 8 months ago, arrived at the parental Pier Attema home Monday after having received their discharge a day apart at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The brothers sailed from Manila on different ships, but had otherwise been together almost constantly since they entered the army.  They left for overseas last January and had served for almost a year with the 749th Engineers based at Manila, P. I.  They entered the service on April 17, 1941.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 10, 1946 p 2