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Pvt. Alder L. Nystrom



Sioux Cityan On Casuality List
Private Nystrom Was With Rangers in North Africa

Washington—Names of Iowans are included in a new list of army casualties announced by the war department Monday.

The list names 364 officers and men killed in the southwest Pacific, South Pacific, African and European areas.

Iowa men killed in action in Africa and their next of kin:

Private Alder L. Nystrom, mother, Mrs. Bertha Nystrom, 1000 S. Mulberry Street, Sioux City; Private LuVerne M. Bockholt, wife, Mrs. Olive R. Bockholt, Keystone; Sergeant Nick G. Vasos, father, Gus B. Vasos, Carroll; Eldon R. Wilhelm, father, Harry N. Wilhelm, Hudson.

Six Iowans killed in action in the southwest Pacific:

Private Paul De Jong, mother, Mrs. Henrietta, New Sharon; Private Gerald M. Grove, mother, Mrs. Olive Grove, Scranton; Private Ira F. Hook, mother, Mrs. Ida H. Bowers, Cedar Rapids; Private Louis A. Profeda, father, Anthony Profeda, Council Bluffs; Private Vorld Sargent, mother, Mrs. Nellie Sargent, Strawberry Point; Private Harley G. Slaichert, father, Joe J. Slaichert, St. Ansgar.

Private Alder Nystrom, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Nystrom, 1000 S. Mulberry Street was one of three American rangers killed during the invasion of Africa on November 10. Besides the official notification his parents have received letters from their son’s captain and chaplain praising Private Nystrom but containing no details of the action which cost his life.

The rangers are the American counterpart of the British commandos. Included in their duties are the carrying out of swift and daring raids against enemy positions. Service in the unit is voluntary.

A 1939 graduate of Central High School. Private Nystrom was inducted into the army April 18, 1940. Before serving with the rangers he was a member of an armored division.

Surviving besides his parents are a brother Paul, in the army at Fort William Harris, Montana, and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Jande and Miss Frances Nystrom, both of Sioux City.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, January 11, 1943

School Holds Memorial Rites

14 Former East Junior Pupils Dead in Present War

Students and parents bowed their heads Friday afternoon at East Junior School in respect to former boys of that institution who have given their lives that free education might continue.

It was the Schools Memorial Day observance. In song and story, tribute was paid to the 14 former students who have lost their lives in the present conflict.

An imitation monument—one that had been used at like services at the school in other years—was centered on the stage of the auditorium.

Parents and friends of those who have been killed or died in service, sat in a group on one side of the hall.

Rev. Frank G. Bean, pastor of Grace Methodist Church, delivered the address. He declared that those students had died so that this country might continue with its system of free education whereby all may learn the truth in history.

At the conclusion of the service, students placed a wreath at the names on the gold star list. They later will be added to a roll that will be placed in the front hall.

Former student’s names on Friday’s list were Harry E. Nichols, Luverne Trimborn, LeLand Christensen, Robert Sogge, Frank Voloshan, Clelland Kammon, Casmer Lukowicz, Alder L. Nystrom, Harry Ellsworth, Bruce Brink, Raymond Lynch and Melvin McKnight.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, May 28, 1943

Memorial Service for Alder Nystrom

Memorial services for Alder Nystrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Nystrom, 1000 S. Mulberry Street, who was killed in action in North Africa November 10, 1942, will be held at Augustana Lutheran church at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Music will be furnished by the church choir and a sextet of former classmates. His biography will be read and Rev. Carl P. Everett, pastor, will deliver a memorial address.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, June 5, 1943

Soldier Death “A Challenge”
Cause Is Yet To Be Won, Pastor Says at Rites for Nystrom

The death of Private Alder Nystrom “should be a challenge to us so that his sacrifice should not be in vain,” said Rev. Carl P. Everett, pastor at memorial services Sunday morning at Augustana Lutheran Church for the Sioux City soldier, killed in action in north Africa. Rev. Mr. Everett’s subject was I Have Finished.

“This young man has finished his course,” the pastor told a congregation estimated at more than 400 persons. “He has completed his contribution.

“You and I have not finished. Ours is still to live and fight and serve. The great cause for which he died is yet to be won.

“This memorial service should be a call to every American citizen present to pray for our boys in service.”

The rites comprised the last half of regular Sunday morning services. In addition to his address, Rev. Mr. Everett presented a biographical sketch of Private Nystrom. A sextet of Private Nystrom’s friends sang Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me, and Shall We Meet with Christ. The church choir also sang.

The services were attended by Private Nystroms parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Nystrom, 1000 S. Mulberry Street, and their son-in-law and daughter, Sergeant and Mrs. Leonard Jahde. Sergeant Jahde is here on furlough from his station at Orlando, Florida. Private Nystrom’s brother, Private Paul Nystrom, is stationed at Camp Ethan Allen, Vermont.

Private Alder Nystrom was killed in action November 10, 1942, two days after the invasion of north Africa. A 1938 graduate of East High School, he had been inducted April 18, 1941. He was a member of Augustana Church.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, June 7, 1943