Pocahontas County

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Carroll County

2nd Lt. Robert H. Maneman


Complete Training as Army Pilots

Among thousands of new fighter and bomber pilots who received silver wings at graduation exercises last weekend at the 11 advanced pilot schools of the army air forces central flying training command, with headquarters at Randolph field, Texas, were several youths from the Sioux City territory.

The pilots from this area and the fields at which they took their final training included: Paul F. Swenk, Cherokee, Iowa, Frederick field, Oklahoma; Dale L. Samuelson, Wayne, Nebr., Brooks field, Texas; Warren W. Patefield, Laurel, Neb., Ellington field, Texas; Frederick R. Rewinkel, Lyons, Nebr., Moore field, Texas; Robert H. Maneman, Fonda, Iowa, Ellington field; Simon Roetman, Hull, Iowa, Lubbock, Tex.; Paul W. Helmer, Carroll, Iowa, Ellington field; Theodore R. Nelson, Sibley, Iowa, Altus field, Oklahoma; Donald F. McKenna, Storm Lake, Foster field, Texas; Kenneth W. Coates, Storm Lake, Altus field; and Robert H. Johnson, Wall Lake, Iowa, Blackland field, Texas. All were commissioned as second lieutenants with the exception of Kenneth Coates who is a flight officer.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, December 7, 1943

Lt. Maneman Killed April 10

Lieutenant Robert H. Maneman, son of Mr.and Mrs. George Maneman of Varina and grandson of Mrs. Clara A. Maneman of Breda, was killed over Germany, April 10, according to a message received by his parents from the war department.

Lt. Maneman, 21 years old, was graduated from Breda high school. His father was born and reared at Breda.
Overseas since Jan. 3, Lt. Maneman had been pilot of a bomber until April 3 when he was made a pilot of a transport plane.

Source: Carroll Daily Times Herald, April 20, 1945

Lieut. Maneman's Reburial Service At Mount Carmel

Reburial services will be held at 11 o'clock Monday morning in the Mt. Carmel cemetery for Second Lieutenant Robert Maneman, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Maneman of Fonda, formerly of Breda, and brother of Mrs. Henry Stedman of Lidderdale. The youth, 23 years old at the time of his death, was a grandson of Mrs. Clara Maneman of Mt. Carmel.


Committal rites will follow requiem mass at 9 o'clock Monday morning at St. Columbkill's church in Varina.

Lt. Maneman, of the army air forces, was killed in action over Germany April 11, 1945. He had been in military service about three years.

Survivors include his parents, six sisters, three brothers and his grandmother. His sisters and brothers are: Mrs. Dennis Blittner (Lorraine), Fonda; Mrs. Stedman (Alice), Lidderdale; Ione Maneman, Omaha; and Albert, Jim, Dick, Mary Lou, George, and Karen, at home.


The body arrived at Fonda this morning and will be taken to the family home near Varina at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

Source: Carroll Daily Times Herald, November 5, 1948 (photo included)