Hamilton County

Leon William Eckstein



Last Rites Held For Leon Eckstein

STRATFORD—Last rites were held Tuesday afternoon for Leon Eckstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Eckstein of Boone, formerly of Stratford.

The rites were held at the South Marion cemetery.

Leon served ten years in the navy. While stationed in the Philippines, he was captured by the Japanese and later died in a Niponese prison camp. His body, which was cremated in Japan, was escorted to this country by a U. S. naval officer.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Nov. 5, 1948

Leon William Eckstein, Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class, U.S. Navy - MIA/POW/KIA

Leon William Eckstein was born May 16, 1914 to Christopher S. and Lyra O. Smith Eckstein. He died Jan. 25, 1945, as a Prisoner of War at Omori Headquarters Camp (Ofuna) Tokyo, Japan 35-139. Leon is buried at the South Marion Cemetery, Stratford, IA.
World War II Memorial:
(1) Pharmacist’s Mate 2c Leon William Eckstein, Killed in Action
(2) Leon W. Eckstein, Honored by ALA Department of Iowa
Served on the medical staff of the USS Tracy DM-19; U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, California; USS Langley and USS Augusta CA-31. 

Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA
World War II Memorial