Ringgold County

Amon Lee Hunt



Portrait of A Veteran
From Ringgold County Veterans Affairs

Amon Hunt

Amon Hunt, his two brothers and four cousins all served in World War II.

Amon enlisted in 1944 at Grant City, MO at the age of 19. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and additional training at Camp Roberts. MO.

He then sailed out of San Francisco with his next stop New Guinea. He was then shipped to the Linguyan Golf where he fought in the battle of the Philippines.

One of his many memories is being on the front lines in a fox hole when a grenade fell into his hole. He jumped out and ran up the hill to another fox hole and jumped in. To his surprise the fallen soldier in the foxhole was a live Japanese soldier.

Amon fought through the liberation of the Philippines and was scheduled to be on the second wave of forces in the invasion of Tokyo, Japan. PFC Hunt developed malaria prior to the invasion so the war was over for him. He returned to the United States where he married and had two sons and three daughters.

Amon spent the rest of his life farming and now resides in Clearview Nursing Home.

Source: Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 12, 2015, Page 4 (group photo included) 


U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946


Amon L Hunt

Birth Year



White, citizen

Nativity State or Country


State of Residence


County or City


Enlistment Date

27 May 1944

Enlistment State


Enlistment City

Fort Leavenworth


No branch assignment

Branch Code

No branch assignment



Grade Code


Term of Enlistment

Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law


Selectees (Enlisted Men)


Civil Life


1 year of high school

Civil Occupation

Farm hands, general farms

Marital Status

 Single, without dependents

NOTE: Amon Lee Hunt died on February 20, 2016. Military honors were provided by Blockton Post #443 and Grant City V.F.W. #3123 and the Iowa Honor Guard. The final resting place is the Hickory Grove Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.