Decatur County

Pvt. Marion McIntosh


Pvt. Marion McIntosh, who is stationed at Camp Hood, Texas and his brother, Pvt. John McIntosh, who is taking officer’s training in the marines at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, are enjoying furlough visits with their mother, Mrs. Della McIntosh, of Leon.

Source: Leon Journal-Reporter, Unknown publication date

Pvt. Marion McIntosh, who is stationed at Camp Hood, Texas concluded a furlough visit here with his mother, Mrs. Della McIntosh Tuesday. He also enjoyed a visit here with his brother, Pvt. John McIntosh,of the marines who is attending Notre Dame university.

Source: Leon Journal-Reporter, Unknown publication date


Francis Marion McIntosh, son of Mrs. Della and the late J. A. McIntosh, was born in Leon, Iowa, September 24, 1905, and passed from this life February 11, 1944, near Burnet, Texas.

On his entry into the army he was sent to North Camp Hood, Texas, and was injured in the early days of his training; went to the camp hospital and on his recovery remained at the hospital doing laboratory work.

He organized a musical group at the hospital and put on numerous musical shows for the patients and Red Cross entertainments. He was sent out with these musical groups to surrounding towns and cities on bond drives. Upon returning from one of these meetings he was killed with six other comrades in a collision with an oil service truck.


Pvt. Marion McIntosh Killed in a Truck-Car Crash at Burnet, Texas

One of Seven Killed; Three Other Injured

Musicians Were Enroute Back to Camp Hood, Texas, From Bond Selling Rally

Pvt. Marion McIntosh, 38, son of Mrs. Della McIntosh of Leon, was one of seven killed in a truck-car accident which occurred early Friday near Burnet, Texas.

Besides the soldiers killed, one was seriously injured and two others suffered body bruises and cuts.

The accident occurred as Pvt. McIntosh with nine other men riding in a station wagon were enroute back to Camp Hood, Texas, from a bond selling rally. A truck loaded with oil equipment, mostly pipes, crashed with the station wagon.

According to Corporal H. Cramer of Holland, Michigan, who accompanied the body to Leon, Pvt. McIntosh, a pianist, and the others, singers and musicians, were followed by an army truck. The group of twelve musicians presented entertainment at a bond selling rally.

Pvt. McIntosh suffered a fractured skull, fractured jaw and a cerebral hemorrhage.

Pvt. McIntosh was stationed at Camp Hood on attached service with special duty. He was in the laboratory department of the station hospital and worked with the Red Cross on special entertainment services.

Early in his basic training, Pvt. McIntosh suffered a foot injury. He had been offered a medical discharge from the army but he preferred to remain in the service and do what he could.

Pvt. McIntosh attended Simpson college, the University of Minnesota and the McPhall School of Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a theatre organist at Minneapolis before returning to Leon. He became manager of the McIntosh Clothing store here in 1929 and continued in that capacity until he was inducted into the service.

He was a pianist here for the Methodist church, the Rotary club and Chamber of Commerce. Always he graciously played for public events. His music made many happy.

Funeral services in charge of the Slade Funeral home were conducted by the Rev. Clarence C. Moore, assisted by the Rev. G. A. Civey at 2:00 p. m. Tuesday in the Methodist church with internment at the Leon cemetery. Larkin Barry of Des Moines was the soloist. The American Legion post held a short service both at the church and the grave.

Besides his mother, he leaves a sister, Miss Helen McIntosh, supervisor of music in the Mitchellville schools at Mitchellville, and a brother, Pvt. John McIntosh, who is taking an officers training course in the marines at Notre Dame university, South Bend, Indiana.

Source: Leon Journal-Reporter, Thursday, February 17, 1944