Woodbury County

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

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