Lyon County

S/Sgt. Frank R. McKisick


Hamilton County


Staff Sgt. Frank McKisick, stationed at Lowry Field, Denver, Colo., is spending a few days with Webster City friends. He has also been visiting relatives in Rock Rapids. He was formerly assistant cashier at the First State Bank in this city, but has now been in the service two years.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, April 27, 1944

Staff Sgt. Frank McKisick, who was formerly associated with the First State Bank before going into service with the air corps, has mailed to Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Julian of Webster City an interesting copy of a Thanksgiving day menu, listing dinner items served to his airdrome squadron based somewhere in New Guinea.  The men were offered a choice between the “blue plate special” (bully beef, dehydrated potatoes, dehydrated carrots, bread canned butter, warm water and dysentery) or the “mess kit special” (roast turkey, giblet gravy, peas, candied sweet potatoes, hot rolls, coffee, dressing, corn, pickles, baked white potatoes, fresh butter, candy, pumpkin pie and pineapple.)

“Due to the great difficulty in obtaining the foods listed in the “blue plate special,” the menu said, “it is hoped that as many as possible will cooperate with the management and order the “mess kit special.”

Other items on the menu were as follows:
“The annual dance will be held at the nearest native village. Anyone desiring dates will contact the chief by telephone.
“It has been brought to our attention that many defense workers in the States have been unable to save a sufficient amount of money to retire on when the war is over.  That and the fact that many of them have been up all hours of the night entertaining our girl friends has brought on many cases of non-combat fatigue. In order to remedy this condition, a large quantity of blood plasma must be sent home at once. Be patriotic.  Visit your nearest blood bank and give a couple of quarts.”

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, Iowa, December 13, 1944


Staff Sgt. Frank McKisick, 33, formerly assistant cashier at the First State bank in this city, was killed Feb. 9,1945, in the south Pacific war theater, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. McKisick of Rock Rapids, Iowa have been notified.

Sergeant McKisick who went into the service in March, 1942, was last reported in New Guinea in news received by friends in this city. Details of his death have not yet been learned.
Before going into the army air forces, the sergeant served as assistant cashier at the First State bank where he had been employed for five years. He was very active in social and civic organizations in this city, having been exalted ruler of the lks lodge here shortly before entering service. He was also an officer in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and active in the senior chamber.

Sergeant McKisick was located for nearly two years at Lowrie Field, Colo., where he was an instructor in armoring bombers. During this time he suffered a serious back injury in an accident while assisting with loading bombs on a plane, and he was in a hospital there for approximately six months. He had been oerseas for less than a year.

A brother, Don, was killed several months ago in the Pacific war theater.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Feb. 23, 1945


In memory of Frank McKisick, formerly of Webster City, and his brother, Don McKisick, the Rock Rapids municipal airport has been named McKisick Field following a dedication program held a week ago Sunday.

Both servicemen, sons of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. McKisick of Rock Rapids, were killed in action in the Southwest Pacific. Frank McKisick was employed at the First State Bank in Webster City prior to entering service.

J. J. Walters of Sheldon spoke at the dedication program as did O. J. Reimer of Rock Rapids.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA, Monday, November 5, 1945


Frank Redmond McKisick was born 1911 to George E. and Cora McKisick. He died Feb. 9, 1945, and is buried at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines Plot: G Row: 6  Grave: 3

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