Cerro Gordo County

Pvt. Richard J. McCann




Pvt. Richard McCann Killed in Combat on Luzon in P.I.

Had recently Joined Paragliders on Island; Over in January

Pvt. Richard James McCann, 19, son of Mr. ad Mrs A.G. Canfield, 208 7th N.E., was killed in action on Luzon on April 20, according to a message from the war department, Wednesday.

Pvt. McCann had just recently joined a paraglider unit on the island, he had stated in the last letter received from him here. He had been overseas in the Philippine area since the last part of January.

Richard was born on Oct. 30, 1926, in Mason City and was graduated from the local high school last June. He entered the service in July and took his basic training at the Camp Wolters, Tex., infantry replacement training center.

Besides his mother he is survived by his stepfather, A.G. Canfield, and 3 brothers. One of these, Robert, aviation radioman 3/c is at present stationed at Astoria, Ore. He had previously been overseas service for 9 months. A brother, Lloyd, lives in Minnesota, and Emmett lives at home.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, May 10, 1945 (photo included)

Richard James McCann was born Oct. 30, 1925 to Emmet John and Fern Peck McCann. He died Apr. 20, 1945 and was buried in the United States Army Cemetery No. 1 at Batangas, Luzon, Philippines. He was later moved to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.

Pvt. McCann was KIA at Mount Macolod, Luzon, Philippine Islands while serving with the U.S. Army, 187th Glider Infantry, 11th Airborne Division in World War II.

Source: ancestry.com