Woodbury County


Pfc. Wayne H. Means



Pfc. Wayne Means Missing In Action, Mother Informed

Pfc. Wayne H. Means has been reported as missing in action in Germany, as of October 18, his mother, Mrs. Herman Liepsch, 1811 24th Street was informed this week by the war department.

The young man left here with the Iowa National Guard February 27, 1941, for Camp Claiborne, La. He went overseas in February of 1942 and had been assigned to camps in Ireland, Scotland, England and France.

He was graduated in January of 1941 from Central High School. His mother had received several letters from her son during the last several weeks.

While attending high school he was a Journal carrier. When in Scotland, he married Miss Peggie Blackadder, April 12, 1944.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, November 4, 1944

PFC. W. Means War Prisoner

Graduate of Central High Reported as Missing First

Pfc. Wayne H. Means, son of Mrs. Herman Lietsch, 1811 21st Street, reported missing since October 18, 1944, is a prisoner of war in Germany, his mother has learned.

Mrs. Lietsch has heard no further word from the war department since learning that her son was missing in action. Last week she received a letter from her son’s wife, who lives in Scotland, enclosing a copy of a letter which Pfc. Means had written to her from a German prison camp.

A graduate of Central High School, Pfc. Means went overseas with the National Guard Division in February 1942. He has been stationed in Scotland, Ireland and England and took part in the D-Day invasion in Normandy. He was reported missing in action in Germany.

In Pfc. Means letter from a prison Camp in Germany, evidently written sometime before Christmas, he told his family not to worry and that he is all right. He also asked them to observe Christmas as usual, for he would be with them “in spirit.”

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 28, 1945