Carroll County


Sgt. Irwin R. Gute

Class of 1942, St. Bernard Highschool




Breda Man Is Missing 

Breda (THNS)—Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gute received word Sunday from the War Department that their son, Sgt. Irwin Gute, has been missing in action since Aug. 24.  A flight engineer, Sgt. Gute had completed seven missions.

He went into the service in April, 1943, and left for overseas duty July 22, 1944.

Sgt. Gute, who is 20 years old, is a graduate of St. Bernard’s high school.

Source:  Carroll Daily Times Herald, [unknown date of publication]

Parents Hear Sgt. I. R. Gute Dies in Action

Breda (THNS)—Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gute were notified Tuesday by the War Department that their son, Irwin R. Gute, previously reported missing in action, was killed in action Aug. 24, 1944, in the Mediterranean area.  The 20-year-old flier was Mr. and Mrs. Gute’s only child.

Military memorial rites are to be held at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, Jan. 18, at St. Bernard’s church. The Breda post of the American Legion will be in charge.

Sgt. Gute, who had been overseas about a month, had seven missions to his credit, so far as known by his parents.  Stationed in Italy, he was a member of the 15th Army Air Force.

Ship Welder
Sgt. Gute was born in Breda Feb. 17, 1924.  After his graduation from St. Bernard high school in 1942, he went to Vancouver, Wash., where he worked as a welder in the Kaiser shipyards.

Entering the service April 10, 1943, he was first stationed at Camp Dodge.  From there he was assigned to Sheppard Field, Tex., for his basic training. He was later stationed in Mississippi, Florida, Massachusetts and South Carolina and was graduated from two gunnery schools.

After serving for a while as a top gunner, he was promoted to flight engineer on a B-26 Liberator.

Sgt. Gute was home on furlough in March, 1944, having gone to Massachusetts from here.

Surviving with his parents is his grandmother, Mrs. M. Jennewein, also of Breda.

Source:  Carroll Daily Times Herald, January 10, 1945