Woodbury County

Jonas A. Lindstrom



Missing Youth Declared Dead

Central High Graduate Lost in Sinking of Houston

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lindstrom, former Sioux Cityans, now living in San Francisco, have been notified by the secretary of the navy that their son, Jonas A. Lindstrom, seaman first class, has been declared dead.

Lindstrom was a crew member of the U.S.S. Houston which was sunk in an engagement with enemy ships in the Soenda straits off the coast of Java and had been listed as missing in action since March 1, 1942.

He was graduated from Central High School in 1940 and enlisted in the navy the same year. He was ordered to the Houston on completion of his recruit training.

The letter from the navy department stated that the Houston was afloat for about 30 minutes after having been hit and the chance of abandoning ship was good. However, some of the crew members who were seen swimming toward shore or were in life rafts have not been seen since. Because no official or unconfirmed reports have been received about Lindstrom since that time, he now has been listed as dead as of December 15, 1945.

Survivors besides the parents are five sisters, Mrs. Alf Flaa and Mrs. Peter Hedemark, both of Sioux City; Mrs. M. J. Cummings of Los Angeles, Mrs. Merrill James of Huron and Mrs. James Falk Jr. of San Francisco.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, February 12, 1946