Kossuth County

S/Sgt. Claude Ostwinkle



Cpl. Ostwinkle Now Serving in Italy

Chas. Ostwinkle received word last week that his son, Cpl. Claude (Barney) Ostwinkle has landed in Italy.  Claude’s wife, the former Mary Lee Peters, received a cablegram last Tuesday telling of her husband’s whereabouts. Mrs. Ostwinkle has been living with her mother, Mrs. John Reker, at Bancroft, but they will move November 1, to Mason City where Mrs. Reker recently bought a home. The other Ostwinkle son, Paul, who served 26 months overseas in the African and Italian campaign, is now at Coolidge, Ariz.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, October 24, 1944

Claude Ostwinkle To Be Discharged From the Service

S. Sgt. and Mrs. Claude Ostwinkle left July 17, for Miami, where the sergeant reported for a three weeks rest period, but last week Claude’s father, C. H. Ostwinkle, received a letter from him saying that he is to be discharged and expects to be home soon.

Sergeant Ostwinkle, known to friends as “Barney,” had been in service 2 ½ years. He was ordered overseas in July, 1944, and was based in Italy in the air forces, where he was thrown into combat immediately.

Claude made 53 missions over targets in Germany, Austria and at Brenner Pass.

While the Ostwinkles have been in Florida, their baby has been with the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Helen Recker, Mason City.

Source: Kossuth County Advance, Tuesday, August 7, 1945