Sioux County


Lt. Raymond A. Koele


Wings For Men From This Area

One Sioux Cityan and six men of adjacent territory have won their wings and received commissions after completing training at scholls which comprise the gulf coast army air forces training center. Above, top, from left to right are Lieut. Roland J. Halverson, a son of Mrs. Marie Halverson, 813 Pierce Street, Moore field, Texas; Lieut. Louie H.W. Dahms, Schleswig, Iowa, Lubbock field, Texas and Lieut Don Michaelson, Humboldt, Iowa, Kelly field, Texas.

Bottom, left to right are Lieut. Raymond A. Koele of Hull, Iowa, Foster field and Lieut. Clyde R. Kelly of Spencer, Iowa, Lubbock field.

Pictures are lacking for Lieut. Arthur E. Exon of Estherville, at Foster field and Lieut. Lawrence W. Kooima, route 2, Rock Valley at Ellington field.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, November 10, 1942 (individual photos included)

Iowa’s World War II Honor Roll

These Iowans, like the ones pictured in this section last Sunday, have given their lives for their country. They came from all sections of the state, from all walks of life, and they rest today in strange and far away but never-to-be forgotten places. The final line beneath each photograph tells the geographical area in which the man was serving. Additional pictures of Iowans who have been killed in combat will be carried on future Sundays.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, December 12, 1943 (photo included)

Raymond Allen “Ray” Koele was born Aug. 21, 1920 to Henry E. and Elizabeth Wilhelmina Wagner Koele. He died Apr. 8, 1943 and is buried in Hope Cemetery, Hull, IA.

Sgt. Koele served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 64th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group.