Franklin County

Avron Darwin Gaulke




Other Iowans reported prisoners are:

Dows—Avron Gaulke, previously reported missing in Africa Feb. 14, now is a prisoner in Germany.

Source: The Des Moines Register, April 29, 1943

Excerpt from his obituary:

Avron Darwin Gaulke

Avron, the son of Theadore W. and Sarah Buge Gaulke, was born August 29, 1914, on the family farm near Dows. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Dows High School in 1933. Following graduation, Avron worked on the family farm.  He then moved to Sibley, Iowa, were he was employed as a cook in his sister, Edna’s and brother Lewis’ restaurant.

On February 3, 1941, Avron joined the National Guard, and they were activated one week later.  Avron was captured and taken prisoner on February 14, 1943.  After two years as a Prisoner of War, he was released in a prisoner of war exchange. Following his discharge, Avron returned to Clarion…………….