Cherokee County


Lt William M. Korth


Woodbury County


Our Neighbors in the Service

Washta - The war department announced the award of a bronze oak leaf cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieut. William M. Korth, Washta. Lieut. Korth is with the Fifth air Force stationed in the southwest Pacific.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 26, 1944

Flying Cross For Gallantry Awarded To Pilot Korth

A distinguished flying cross for gallantry to Lieut. William Korth, a transport pilot, who is stationed in New Guinea, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Marie Korth, 2138 Summit Street. 

Lieut. Korth, former resident of Hornick, Iowa was an outstanding basketball and baseball player while attending High School there. For seven years he was also a Journal carrier salesman in that town. In 1940 he enlisted in the army. He was appointed an aviation cadet in 1941 and since then has received three appointments and two commissions. 

Before being assigned to the New Guinea area, Lieut. Korth was based in Australia for 10 months. Previously he had received preliminary training at Santa Maria, Cal.; was graduated as an army air force pilot, with the rank of staff sergeant, at Mather field, Cal.; was assigned to pilot duty at Campo Williams, Wisconsin, and was commissioned as a flight officer at Moffet field, California.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, December 3, 1944 (photo included)