Muscatine County

Pfc. Harold B. Guter




Message Informs PFC. Harold Guter Killed in Action

Pfc. Harold B. Guter, was listed as having been killed in action in France on Nov. 28, in a telegram received Tuesday by his mother, Mrs. Clare Guter, 200 1/2 West Second street.

Pfc. Guter entered the service late in 1942 and had been overseas since June of this year.

Source: The Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, Dec. 27, 1944 (photo included)

Solemn Procession Continues Through 1948 as War Dead Are Returned Home

Flag-draped caskets, coming from the European and Pacific war theaters, were brought to Muscatine county and other neighboring communities at intervals throughout the year of 1948 as the solemn procession of the country’s war dead continued to move home.

As each casket carrying a soldier, sailor, marine or flier who died during World War II was returned, last honors were accorded to the servicemen at funeral and burial rites.  Final interment was in the cemetery chosen by his next-of-kin.
This year was the second for the government’s program of returning the bodies of war dead to the United States for burial in keeping with the wishes of their family.

Inaugurated in the fall of 1947, the program has to date seen the return from overseas cemeteries of more than 50 bodies of men from this vicinity who died in the service of their country during the war.

The list of war dead returned to Muscatine and surrounding counties includes the following:

Pfc. Harold B. Guter, brother of Miss Ruby Guter, 128 West Second street, killed in action Nov. 28, 1944, in France.  Burial at Greenwood cemetery in Muscatine.

Source: The Muscatine Journal, December 30, 1948 pg8