Hardin County

Pvt. Murl K. Bessman




Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Caruth were in Hubbard Saturday at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Murl Bessman.  The Bessmans were selling their household goods that afternoon as Mr. Bessman leaves next week for Army service.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Saturday, September 18, 1943

Mrs. Murl Bessman is at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Caruth for the present.  Mr. Bessman left Saturday for Camp Dodge with the Hardin County selectees.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Thursday, September 23, 1943

Pvt. Murl Bessman and wife left Tuesday for Clinton where he will take further treatments in Schick hospital and Mrs. Bessman will live in Clinton.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Thursday, August 31, 1944


Williams—Pvt. Murl Bessman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bessman of Aldin, has returned home from the Italian war zone for treatment in the Schick general hospital at Clinton. He went overseas last February and was wounded on May 10. Since that time he has been in an Army hospital behind the lines, arriving in the United States last week. He visited last weekend in Williams with his wife at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Caruth.

Source: Webster City Freeman, Thursday, August 17, 1944

Pvt. Murl Bessman and wife left last week for Springfield, Mo., where he is taking treatments in an Army hospital for shrapnel wounds, received in Italy,  Mrs. Bessman will remain in Missouri through the winter.

Source: Webster City Freeman, October 19, 1944

World War II Bonus Case File

Name Murl K. Bessman
Birth Date 19 Jul 1914
Place Birth Alden, Hardin County, Iowa
Married Clarice Caruth
Marr Date 3 Sep 1935, Mitchell, SD
Entered Serv. 18 Sep 1943, Camp Dodge, IA, from Hardin County.
Departed States 23 Feb 1944
  Co. H, 168th Inf.
Returned States 03 Aug 1944
Honorable Discharge 05 May 1945

Source: ancestry.com


Murl K. Bessman was born July 19, 1914 to Henry Charles and Grace Mary Keller Bessman. He died May 17, 2001 and is buried in the Alden Cemetery, Alden, IA. Pvt. Bessman received shrapnel wounds in Italy in 1944.

Sources: Daily Freeman Journal and ancestry.com