Hancock County


LuVerne Lyle Helland





LuVerne Lyle Helland was born Feb. 1, 1925 to Levi and Clara Jacobson Helland. He died Feb. 23, 2009 and is buried in Crystal Lake Township Cemetery, Hancock, IA.

Petty Officer Helland served with the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was part of the commissioning ceremony of a new aircraft carrier, the USS Tulagi. His carrier was involved in the invasion of southern France on Aug. 15, 1944. On Jan. 4, 1945, the ship had its first major attack in the LIngayen Gulf, Philippines with a Japanese suicide bomber missing the carrier by ten feet.

Sources: ancestry.com