Sioux County

Albert "Bud" Bodnar



Co. K Leaves LeMars Feb. 27
Co. K received their "sailing orders" this week and now know they will leave LeMars at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, and are scheduled to arrive at Camp Claiborne, La. at 10 a.m., March 1. 
On the same train will be Company I of Sheldon and Company L of Sioux City, the three companies making up the 3rd battalion of the 133rd Infantry.  There will be between 250 and 300 men on the train which proceeds south by way of Omaha.
Five Sioux Center boys are members of Company K.  They are: Gerrit and Ted Vanden Berg, Bert Kroon, Bud Bodnar and Bub Bierma.

Source: Sioux Center News Feb. 20, 1941 p 10

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.
Bud Bodnar, 1st Class
Co. K. 133rd Inf. 34th Div.
Camp Claiborne, La.

Source: Sioux Center News July 31, 1941 p 47

Bud Bodnar Marries Louisiana Girl
Word was received here that Bud Bodnar, brother of Dr. J. G. Bodnar of Sioux Center, was married on Saturday, Dec. 20 to Miss Dorothy Brown.  They were married in Louisiana which is her home and Bud is stationed there with the U.S. Army at Camp Claiborne.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 25, 1941 p 1

Bud Bodnar, who was recently transferred from Camp Claiborne, La. to New York sends this address: Private Albert Bodnar 20707151, Co. K-133rd Inf., APO 813, c/o Postmaster, New York, N.Y.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 15, 1942 p 8

Local Boys Land In Ireland
Carl Bierma and Gerrit Vanden Berg Cablegram Parents
Carl Bierma, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bierma of Sioux Center, sent a cablegram home from the United Kingdom which was received here on Friday.  According to the length of the trip, Carl may be located in Ireland.  The message brought the first news from the group of soldiers who left Fort Dix, New Jersey a few weeks ago.  Among those included in the group were: Gerrit and Teddy Vanden Berg, Bud Bodnar, Harold Mulder and Bert Kroon, all of Sioux Center.
"Bud" Bodnar confirmed the fact that he was in Great Britain by sending a cablegram to his wife in Alexandria, La. and she relayed the message by letter to Dr. Bodnar in Sioux Center.

Source: Sioux Center News Mar. 19, 1942 p 1

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:
P.F.C. Albert Bodnar
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

Bud Bodnar wrote to his brother, D. J. Bodnar, the letter arriving here Monday, and said that he thought he would do a little fishing as there was plenty of water around Ireland.  The letter was dated April 24th when written.

Source: Sioux Center News May 21, 1942 p 9

Pvt. Albert E. Bodnar, Co. K., 133 Inf., Replacement Depot No. 1, APO 34, c/o Postmaster, New York City, U.S. Army.

Source: Sioux Center News July 9, 1942 p 2

Bodnar In Honor Guard For King and Queen
Bud Bodnar writes from Ireland to his brother Dr. J. G. Bodnar that recently when the King and Queen of England made an inspection tour of their camp, Bud was in the guard of honor for the King and Queen.  Mr. Bodnar says that he is working in one of the swellest kitchens he has ever seen.  Bud is now a technician with sergeant's pay, a recent promotion.  He is enjoying a new bicycle he purchased while in Ireland. 

Source: Sioux Center News July 30, 1944 p 8

Promoted to Technical Sgt.
Bud Bodnar, stationed in Ireland, has recently been promoted to Technical Sergeant, which means a better ranking and increase in pay.  Bud has purchased a camera and is asking for film so that he can take pictures of the very beautiful scenery surrounding the camp. 

Source: Sioux Center News Sept. 10, 1942 p 2

Sioux Center Soldiers Meet Overseas
Theodore Vander Berg, Gerrit Vander Berg, Bud Bodnar and Harold Mulder who are located in Ireland met recently.  Harold writes home that this is the first time he has seen these hometown boys and he has been here for 7 months. Although they were located only 60 miles apart, transportation is very limited and bicycles are very popular to get about the countryside.

Source: Sioux Center News Oct. 22, 1942 p 8

Bud Bodnar, who has been in Ireland, has a slight change of address and writes that he is now in England.  He is chef in an officer's mess and likes his work very much.  His correct address:
Sgt. Albert Bodnar
Replacement Depot No. 1
APO 874, c/o Postmaster
New York City, N.Y.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 17, 1942 p 12

In Ireland Since March 1942
Albert Bodnar was among the first of local boys to join the service.  He joined the National Guard Unit in LeMars, was sent to Camp Claiborne, La. where he attended cooking and baking school for two months.  In December, 1941 he married Miss Dorothy Brown of Alexandria, La.  She is staying there with her parents.  "Bud" was sent across to Ireland with the second contingent that went over in March, 1942 and just a few weeks ago moved to England where he is cook for officers mess.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 7, 1943 p 1

Albert Bud Bodnar writes from England to thank the Sioux Center folks for their generosity in sending the Christmas packages to the soldiers.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 14, 1943 p 5

"Bud" Albert Bodnar has been promoted to Mess Sergeant, according to word received by his wife with whom Ida Mulder is visiting at present in Alexandria, La.  Bud is somewhere in England.

Source: Sioux Center News Oct. 7, 1943 p 10

Dr. J. G. Bodnar received word from his brother Albert "Bud" this past week that he had been promoted to Staff Sergeant and his address is now: 20703151, Ser. Co. 10th Repl. Depot, APO 874, c.o. Postmaster, New York City, N.Y.

Source: Sioux Center News Feb. 17, 1944 p 10

An official release from the Public Relations section of the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations announces the promotion of Albert "Bud" Bodnar from T/4 to Staff Sergeant.  Bud is a brother to Dr. J. G. Bodnar of Sioux Center, and has been stationed in Great Britain since very early in the war.

Source: Sioux Center News Mar. 9, 1944 p 8

Receives Discharge
Staff Sgt. Bud Bodnar arrived here the past week and is visiting his brother Dr. Bodnar and other friends.  Bud who was one of the first Sioux Center men to enter the service left in February of 1941 and had already served in the State Guard for some time before that.  He was sent overseas just a year later.  He received his discharge at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. last Wednesday and has no definite plans for his immediate future.

Source: Sioux Center News Oct. 4, 1945 p 10