Sioux County

S/Sgt. Richard J. Kroon



Attends Army “University” in England—

An Eighth Air Force Fighter Station, England.—Staff Sergeant Richard J. Kroon, of Sioux Center, Iowa, is one of more than 200 Eighth Air Force soldiers studying in their spare time at the 79th Fighter Group’s “University” in preparation for their return to civilian life.

Sgt. Kroon is taking courses in advertising and photography, attending classes two nights a week. He is a squadron supply clerk, keeping records of clothing and equipment, in a P-51 Mustang unit commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Olin E. Gilbert, of Collinsville, Ill.

The school, one of a number to be set up under the Army Education Program, offers 12 subjects, and students have signed up for 15 weeks study. Their instructors are fellow soldiers doubling as teachers in subjects which were their professions before joining the army.  After Germany’s defeat, the school will expand into a full-time educational system for soldiers waiting for transfer back home or to other theaters.

The Sergeant attended Sioux Center High School and worked for the Brommer Transfer Company before entering the army.

Source: Sioux Center News, March 8, 1945