Sioux County

Cpl. Reynold Bruinsma




The following named registrants have been ordered to report  for Army Examination on December 10.  If they are found qualified for army service, they will return for a week's furlough before being called for active duty.  The following list includes 75 names to leave next week Thursday.
Reynold Bruinsma, Maurice

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 3, 1942 p 12

Reynold Bruinsma, who left with the December group, is now stationed at California and sends his address:
Pvt. Reynold Bruinsma
Btty. B. 54th F.A. Bldg. 6113
Camp Roberts, Calif.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bruinsma.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 7, 1943 p 6

Here is a list of Sioux County boys located in Camp Roberts, Calif.  Garrit Heunink, Martin Postma, Raymond Kempema, Sam Klein, Peter Dykstra, Elmer Kooistra, Thomas De Jong, Reynold Bruinsma, Peter De Stigter.

Source: Sioux Center News Feb. 25, 1943 p 10

A letter from Pvt. Peter Dykstra mentions: "Reynold Bruinsma has been down with the mumps for two weeks.  He got back Monday. He is O.K. now."

Source: Sioux Center News March 25, 1943 p 9

Sioux County Boys at Camp Roberts, California
(photo - not a good, useable scan to reprint)
Back row, left to right: Peter De Stigter, Albert Broek, Peter Dykstra of Hull, Sam Klein; front row: Martin Postma, Ray Kempema of Rock Valley, Reynold Bruinsma.  The arm is of Gerrit Heunink of Hawarden.  The above picture was sent by Al Broek, having been taken the evening before they left Camp Roberts.  Several of them have already gone overseas.

Source: Sioux Center News May 6, 1943 p 1

This is Reynold Bruinsma's new address:  Pvt. Reynold Bruinsma 37467001, c.o. Postmaster 8882, New York City, N.Y.  Reny expects to be going overseas soon.  He has only been in the army since December and has not had a furlough.

Source: Sioux Center News May 20, 1943 p 8

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bruinsma received a letter from their son Reynold this week Wednesday, the first in nine weeks.  He wrote that he is in Africa and is fine, but he is the only boy from around here, most of the boys are from Texas but Rennie says they are swell fellows.  He writes they work us long hours and very hard, but he does not state what they do.  He is with the F. A.  This is his new address:
Pvt. Reynold Bruinsma 37467001
1st Replacement Depot
8th Battalion Co. B.
APO 761, c.o. Postmaster
New York, N.Y.

Source: Sioux Center News July 1, 1943 p 10

North Africa, June 12
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bruinsma recently received another letter from their son Reynold in North Africa and he writes "Dad, you will have to have my address changed again, because I moved farther up.  As yet I haven't received any mail from home.  I met a couple of boys from Rock Valley and boy was it good to see them, but now I left them again, but am in the best of health and keep on writing, maybe mail will catch up with me sooner or later."
This is my new address:
Pvt. Reynold Bruinsma 37467001
C.S.D.I.C., F.H.Q.G.I.
APO 512, c.o. Postmaster
New York City, N.Y

Source: Sioux Center News July 15, 1943 p 8

Bruinsma and Herweyer Meet In North Africa
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bruinsma received a letter from their son Reynold saying that he had recently gone on a five day trip, but he was not allowed to say where he had gone.  While on this trip he came through a certain town and suddenly noticed Fred Herweyer walking on the street.  Bruinsma stopped his truck and the boys had a nice visit.  This was the first time Reynold saw anyone he knew since he left the States six months ago.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 2, 1943 p 1

Reynold Bruinsma, who is stationed at North Africa, had the pleasure of meeting his nephew Arnold Bruinsma there recently and the boys had a nice visit together.  Arnold is the son of Joe Bruinsma of Denver, Colo.

Source: Sioux Center News Feb. 3, 1944 p 12

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bruinsma received a letter the past week coming from a Mrs. W. C. Black of Davidson, North Carolina saying that she had received a letter from her son stating that he was in the same camp as Rennie Bruinsma and they were stationed at Alguis, North Africa.  Mr. and Mrs. Bruinsma who had not heard from their son for some time were under the impression that he was in Italy, since he had written that he had moved.  Later in the week they received a letter from Rennie that he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was feeling fine.  Those wishing to have his address may call his parents or get it at the News office.

Source: Sioux Center News April 13, 1944 p 10

Cpl. Reynold Bruinsma, APO 512, c.o. Postmaster, New York, N.Y.  Call News for complete address.

Source: Sioux Center News Nov. 23, 1944 p 10

Albertus Bruinsma has a new address.  He has been moved to California from Camp Swift, Texas where he has been stationed for the past several weeks since his overseas furlough which was spent at home. Pfc. Albertus Bruinsma 37112374, Co. K. 159th Inf. Regt., Camp Callan, Calif.  His brother Reynold has also been moved again and is now in northern France.  He writes that it rains there every day and gets plenty cold.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 21, 1944 p 23

Pfc. Albertus Bruinsma wrote home that he had moved again into Germany and the place where they now are, the people still do their field work with cows.  He had also contacted his brother Reynold who is in France and they were going to try and get together soon.  The boys haven't seen each other for three and a half years.  Bert had a new APO number which is now 758.  Reynold writes that they are sure kept busy, he drives a supply truck and are on the go most all of the time day and night.  He has also moved again and said a man hates to go each time he has to move and keeps on hoping it won't be too long that he can move home to stay.  Rennie has been in the army almost three years and has never been home on furlough.

Source: Sioux Center News August 9, 1945 p 8