Mitchell County

Pfc. John Diaz



2nd Son of Osage Family of 6 Soldiers Gives His Life

DIAZ FAMILY OFFERS 6 SONS -- Word received this week by Mr. and Mrs. Baldo Dias, Osage, stated that their son, S.Sgt Felix Diaz, has been killed in Germany.  A brother, Lupe Diaz, died in a veteran's hospital in December, 1940. Pfc. John Diaz is a prisoner of the Japs. The other 3 brothers are all serving in France.

One is Jap Prisoner; 3 Serving in France

OSAGE—Mr. and Mrs. Baldo Diaz received word Tuesday that their son, S. Sgt. Felix Diaz, was killed in action somewhere in Germany, Nov. 30. He was one of 6 sons to serve their country, 2 of whom have given their lives.

A brother, Pvt. Lupe Diaz, entered the service in December, 1940, and received a medical discharge from the army at West Palm Beach, Fla.  He entered a veterans hospital, underwent a major operation and died June 2, 1944.

Pfc. John Diaz, another brother, is a prisoner of war of the Japanese, captured in March, 1942.

Another brother, T/5 Richard Diaz, is with an engineering division in France, and still another brother is M.Sgt. Phillip Diaz now doing clerical work in the 2nd commander zone in France.

A half-brother, of the above boys, is Pvt. Alvin DaBillo who was wounded in France in August, 1944, and hospitalized in England.  He recovered and is back on active duty in France.

Sgt. Felix Diaz was born in Mason City in May, 1925, and moved with his parents to Osage when he was 2 years old. He attended the Osage public schools and achieved a high scholastic record. He also was a star athlete, especially outstanding as a wrestler.

Felix entered the service in September, 1943, was trained in Colorado and Nebraska, and was sent to England in June, 1944.

John entered the service in December, 1940. He was sent to the Philippines in March, 1941.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, January 4, 1945 (Six photos included)


(The Register's Iowa News Service)

OSAGE, IA -- Mr. and Mrs. Baldo Diaz Saturday learned that a second son has died in service. The war department informed them that Pfc. John E. Diaz died while a prisoner of the Japanese. An enlisted man before Pearl Harbor, he was taken prisoner shortly after the attack on Hawaii.

Mr. and Mrs. Diaz had had six sons in service. Lupe died following a medical discharge, Tech.Sgt Felix was killed in action. Richard has been discharged and two more sons are serving in Europe.

Source: The Des Moines Register, September 2, 1945


Osage G. I. Gives Life as Japanese Prisoner

Osage—A 3rd war casualty came to the Baldo Diaz family with a message from the adjutant general stating that their son, Pfc. John E. Diaz, was killed in action, December 14, 1944, while a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Pvt. Diaz was captured shortly after Pearl Harbor.

Mr. and Mrs. Baldo Diaz have had 6 sons in service. Lupe Diaz died at a veterans hospital following a medical discharge from the army.

T. Sgt. Felix Diaz was killed in action as an aerial gunner.

One son, Richard Diaz, has been discharged and the other 2 sons are still serving in the European theater.

Source: Mason City Globe Gazette, September 4, 1945

Felix Diaz was born May 18, 1925. He died Nov. 30, 1944 and is buried in Osage Cemetery, Osage, IA.

Guadalupe “Lupe” Diaz was born Nov. 22, 1919. He died June 2, 1944 and is buried in Osage Cemetery, Osage, IA.

John Diaz was born July 12, 1918. He died Dec. 14, 1944 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO.

Felipe “Phillip” Diaz was born Aug. 23, 1923.

Richard Diaz was born Mar. 20, 1915. He died Nov. 27, 1965 in CA.

Alvin Alfonso DaBillo was born May 11, 1912 to Sido and Angela Bernal DaBillo. He was the step-son of Baldo Diaz. He died July 4, 1998 and is buried in Garden of Memories, Waterloo, IA.