Sioux County

Sgt. Gerald Frank Calsbeek


(Note from transcriber: 3 men from Sioux County with similar names served in WWII at approximately the same time: Gerald F. Calsbeek, Gerald S. Calsbeek and Gerard J. Kalsbeek; and a 4th man, (Francis) Gerard Calsbeek was rejected for service. Because newspapers did not always spell the names correctly it was necessary to reference military records, census records and obituaries to create accurate military bios of each veteran; however, the articles were transcribed with names spelled as printed in the news.)


167 Draftees Chosen For Dec. Examinations
Leave on Dec. 8th and 10th for Army Exams
The following named registrants have been ordered to report for Army Examination on December 8th. If they are found qualified for army service, they will return for a week's furlough before being called for active duty.
Gerald Frank Calsbeek, Sioux Center
Source: Rock Valley Bee Dec. 4, 1942 p 1

…Mr. Kalsbeek, who has been farming three miles north and 1½ miles west of Sioux Center the past year, had a public sale of his belongings last Saturday and is leaving for army service after two weeks, having received a two weeks deferment to get his business matters arranged.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 17, 1942 p 7

Hull: Relatives gathered at the John Calsbeek home Thursday evening in honor of Gerald Calsbeek, who left this week for service.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 24, 1942 p 12

Gerald Calsbeek, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Calsbeek of Hull is now located in Camp Joseph Robinson, Arkansas. His wife and baby plan to leave this week Thursday to visit him there. Edwin Roetman, son of Rev. and Mrs. Roetman of Newkirk is in the same camp and the two boys associate together.

Source: Sioux Center News Feb. 4, 1943 p 11

Basic Training At Camp Robinson

Pvt. Gerald F. Calsbeek, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Calsbeek of Hull, is stationed at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, where he is taking his basic training. His wife and baby are there now on a visit. His address is Co. A. 68th Bn., 14th Reg’t., Camp Robinson, Ark.

Source: Sioux Center News Feb. 11, 1943 p 1 (photo included)

Mrs. Gerald Kalsbeek and daughter and Mr. Paul Vande Hoef left Thursday for Camp Robinson, Arkansas where they plan to visit Pvt. Gerald Kalsbeek who is in camp there.

Source: Alton Democrat Feb. 12, 1943 p 8

Mrs. Gerald Kalsbeek and daughter, who spent several weeks with her husband at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, returned home Wednesday.

Source: Sioux Center News Mar. 11, 1943 p 2

Paul Vande Hoef of Boyden sends us the following soldier address and subscription for Pvt. Gerald G. Calsbeek, 459 Ord. Evacuation Co., Camp Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif., U. S. Army. Gerald went into the service about two months ago, having held a farm sale northwest of Sioux Center. His wife and child are staying with her parents at Hull.

Source: Sioux Center News May 6, 1943 p 10

Cpl. Gerald F. Calsbeek writes from Camp Santa Anita, Calif.
Dear Editor: - It is high time that I write you a few lines. First of all I want to let you know I am receiving the Sioux Center News every week on Monday night or Tuesday noon mail call. Surely enjoy your paper very much. We were over at the Chrysler plant for two weeks driving trucks for the army, delivering army supplies to the dock, etc. We worked on eight hour shifts and enjoyed it very much. We have been back in camp now for quite a while. I am really enjoying California sunshine. It is plenty warm, but the evenings sure cool off. Always can sleep here. We are getting plenty to eat out here in camp, any have our own company cooks. I also want to let you know that I was promoted to corporal about a month ago. My address is still the same for the present. Cpl. Gerald F. Calsbeek, 459 Ord Evac. Co., Camp Santa Anita, Arcadia, California.

Source: Sioux Center News Aug. 12, 1943 p 4

Address Change
Cpl. T-5 Gerald Calsbeek, 459 Ord. Evacuation Co., APO 4736, New York City, New York

Source: Sioux Center News Aug. 19, 1943 p 8

Mr. and Mrs. John Calsbeek of Orange City received word from their son, T-5 Gerald Calsbeek that he has arrived in England. Gerald has been in the service since Dec. 8, 1942 and has never had a furlough. His wife, the former Jeanette Vander Hoef, and year and a half old baby have been living with him up to this time. They will return home to make their home with her parents near Boyden.

Source: Sioux Center News Sept. 9, 1943 p 10

Mrs. Gerald Calsbeek and daughter arrived at the parental Paul Vanden Hoef home this past week, where she plans to make her home after her husband left for overseas duty recently.

Source: Alton Democrat Sept. 23, 1943 p 6

New Address:
Sgt. Gerald F. Calsbeek 37466854
459 Ord. Evac. Co.
APO 350 c/o Postmaster
New York, N.Y.

Source: Sioux Center News June 14, 1945 p 2

Here is the new address of Sgt. Gerald F. Calsbeek 37466854, 459 Ord. Evac. Co., APO 758, c/o Postmaster, New York, N. Y. He is stationed near Heidelburg, Germany.

Source: Sioux Center News Aug. 16, 1945 p 2

Sgt. Gerald F. Calsbeek has an APO number which is 597. The rest of his address remains the same. Call us for it.

Source: Sioux Center News Aug. 24, 1944 p 10

Sgt. Gerald Calsbeek sent a telegram that he was in the States in New York, and was sent to Camp Grant, Ill. His wife met him in Sioux City Monday.

Source: Alton Democrat Dec. 13, 1945 p 3

Mrs. Gerald Calsbeek went to Sioux City Monday, where she met her husband, who received his discharge at Camp Grant, Ill., Sunday. He had the rating of Sgt. and was in the service for three years. He had been overseas for the last 27 months.

Source: Sioux Center News Dec. 13, 1945 p 5