Woodbury County


Sgt Vernon K. McKnight



Mrs. Lillian McKnight, 1903 ½ S. Patterson, has received word from her son, Vernon of the 185th field artillery, that he recently won promotion from corporal to sergeant. Mrs. McKnight has had no word since a cablegram on Christmas day from her flier son, Melvin, who at that time was in the Philipine Island.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 25, 1942

Sioux Cityan in Italy Awarded Purple Heart

Award of the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in the fighting in Italy has been made to Sergeant Vernon K. McKnight, son of Mrs. Lillian McKnight.

Sergeant McKnight was wounded January 3, but after two months in the hospital he was able to return to his battery in the field artillery. He left here in February, 1941, with the National Guard group and had been stationed in Ireland before taking part in the African and Italian campaigns.

Mrs. McKnight now resides in San Francisco, Cal., but lived here at 1903 1/2 So. Patterson Street before moving a few years ago.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, April 5, 1944