Woodbury County

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Webster County

Pvt. Arlo B. Parker

1909-1945 **His delayed birth certificate gives his birth date as: 16 Jun 1909, and his father listed his son's name as Arlo Berry Parker.



DIED OF MALARIA -- Mrs. Arlo B. Parker, 503 5th S.W., has received word of the death of her husband, Pvt. Arlo B. Parker, on Luzon. His death occurred June 7 from malaria.

Pvt. Parker enlisted 3 years ago in Fort Dodge and has been on duty in the Philippines for the past year. He was with the 43rd bomber group.

Mrs. Parker who was Eleanor Reardon before her marriage has been making her home with her mother, Mrs. Catherine Reardon, in her husband's absence. Pvt. Parker's parents live in Sioux City.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 16, 1945 (photo included)

Further Research Note: In the above news article with the photo of the serviceman, the service man's name was published as: Arlo B. Carter. The above article referenced the surname as CARTER. But more news articles & research have uncovered the fact that the deceased service man's name is Arlo B. PARKER (not Carter.) The above news article telling of his death has now been corrected with the name Parker.

Held at St. Joseph’s Wednesday Morning  

Solemn requiem high mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic church Wednesday morning for Pvt. Arlo B. Parker, husband of Mrs. Eleanor Reardon Parker, 503 5th S.W., who died in the service of his country on Luzon, June 7.

The Very Rev. P. J. Behan, pastor of the church, was celebrant, with Fr. Joseph M. Campbell deacon and Fr. A. P. Neuring subdeacon. The sermon was given by Fr. Behan.

Miss Mary Reardon, sister of Mrs. Parker, was here from Minneapolis to attend the services.  Pvt. Parker’s parents, who live at Sioux City, were unable to be present, as were Mrs. Parker’s  brother, Larry Reardon, of Des Moines, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Beckenbaugh, of Fort Dodge.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, Wednesday, June 27, 1945 (photo included)

Memorial services were held for 13 service men at the Woman’s Relief Corps meeting in the Legion hall Tuesday afternoon with Mrs. C. E. Sherwood presiding.

The memorial table , in charge of Miss Betty Russell, was arragned with flowers, patriotic emblems and a placard “In Memoriam to a Fallen Hero.”  Miss Russell stated this was the 6th memorial held.  Mrs. Frances Tatum read the names of men honored who were:  Pvt. Royce D. Rossom, Lt. Hilmar Erickson, Pfc. Elmer Stricker, Pvt. Robert Maass, Pvt. Richard McMann, Willis I. Conklin, phar. Mate1/c, Lt. Arthur L. Clark Jr, Pvt. Arlo B. Parker, Sgt. Marcus J. Ryan, Pfc. James Serakos, Lt. Robert W. Lewis, Pvt. Gene Kimball, Pfc. William D. Pritchard.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 5, 1945

Bodies Arrive From Overseas
North Iowans Among
Pacific War Heroes

San Francisco, (U.P.)—The bodies of 3,500 war dead from Manila, Saipan and Honolulu are due here Wednesday aboard the U.S. army transport Morris Crain.

They will bring to more than 30,000  returned from the Pacific since the reburial program was started last October.

North Iowans on the ship include the following with the next of kin named for each:
Pvt. Clarence Bily, Oelwein; Frank Bily.
Pfc. Glen S. Coonradt, Osage; Mrs. Glen S. Coonradt.
Pvt. William J. Knowlen, Charles City; Olive L. Bogart.
Capt. Homer L. Lund, Forest City; Nick H. Lund.
Pfc. Donald W. M. Niemoth, Estherville; Mrs. Marie C. Niemoth.
James M. Oldham, navy, Charles City; Francis Oldham.
Pvt. Arlo B. Parker, Mason City; Eleanor Parker.
Pfc. Elmer G. Stricker, Mason City; Gottfrid F. Stricker.
Pfc. Gerald E. Timm, Hawkeye; Ervin H. Timm.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, Thursday, September 23, 1948

Arlo B. Parker Rites Planned
Services to Be at Fort Dodge Church

Memorial services will be conducted for Pvt. Arlo B. Parker, who died of malaria on the island of Luzon, June 7, 1945, at Corpus Christi church at Fort Dodge Wednesday at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Davern officiating.

The body will arrive in Fort Dodge Monday morning.

Pvt. Parker enlisted at Fort Dodge and was on duty at the Philippines a year with the 43rd Bomber group. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Reardon Parker, 503 5th S.W. and his father.

Burial will be at Fort Dodge.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, October 11, 1948

Military Headstone Application - 10/26/1948

Private Arlo Berry Parker

Buried: Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Dodge, IA Plot: Grave 3, Lot #52, Hillcrest #1

Source: ancestry.com & Findagrave.com