Hamilton County

Sgt. Wayne Brinton






ELLSWORTH—Sgt. Wayne Brinton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brinton, arrived here Tuesday night from Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia. He had recently arrived in the United States with several thousand other casualties from Italy.

Brinton was injured at Anzio, April 18, while diving into a foxhole to escape fire from German planes. After twenty-one days furlough, he will report to Camp Butner, N.C., for reassignment in limited service.

He was a member of the Webster City Iowa National Guard unit which went to Camp Claiborne, La., and was one of the first companies to go overseas.  He sailed from Naples and arrived in Newport News, Va., last Thursday.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, June 26, 1944

Wayne Edward “Jack” Brinton, age 80, of Ellsworth, died on congestive heart failure Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 6, 199 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, with Rev. Sandy Anenson and Rev. Scott Libbey officiating. Burial followed at Homewood Cemetery in Ellsworth with military honors by the Ellsworth American Legion Post.

Wayne E. Brinton was born August 3, 1919 in Scott Township of Hamilton County, IA to Scott and Maybelle (Lindebak) Brinton. He was a 1937 graduate of Ellsworth High School. Wayne served in the U.S. Army prior to and during World War II in the Red Bull Division. He served in the African and Italian Campaigns being awarded the Bronze Star. Wayne was also a member of the military escort for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral. He was selected out of 500 soldiers to pose for the statue by Jo Davidson called “The Fighting Man” which was displayed in New York and is now on display in Paris.

On August 4, 1945 Wayne married Irene Catherine Unger in Newark, New Jersey. Wayne farmed in the Ellsworth area and was the Ellsworth Postmaster from 1963 to 1985. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Ellsworth Cooperative Telephone Board, Jewell Country Club, and the Alzheimer’s Support Group in Story City. Wayne served on the Ellsworth City Council and was Mayor of Ellsworth from 1974 to 1985 and was President of the Iowa Branch of the National League of Postmasters.

Wayne is survived by a son, Robert W. Brinton and his wife, Pamela of Clarion; a daughter, Marcia M. Brinton of Rogers, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Andrea Brinton, Amanda Roske, and Amber Brinton; three brothers, Gene Brinton of New London, MN, Claire Brinton of Apache Junction, AZ and Homer Brinton of Apache Junction, AZ; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Voga of Apache Junction, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 1995, and his twin brother, William Brinton in 1997.

Source: South Hamilton Record News, Jewell, IA - Dec. 9, 1999

Wayne Edward Brinton was born Aug. 3, 1919,  to Scott Marshall and Mabelle E. Lindebak Brinton. He died Dec. 1, 1999, and is buried in Homewood Cemetery, Ellsworth, IA.

Pvt. Brinton served with the U.S. Army in World War II in Co. E, 133rd Infantry, 34th Division.

Source: ancestry.com