Decatur County


Cpl. Howard G. Parmer



Corporal Howard Glendon Parmer of Van Wert has been reported missing in action since the Rommel push in Tunisia, February 17, according to his mother, Mrs. Delia Barber, who moved to Fort Des Moines, March 1. 

Corporal Parmer, who has been in the service for two years, is a graduate of the Decatur high school. This brings the total of men in our armed forces “missing in action” from Decatur county to nine. 

Source: Local county newspaper, July 1943

Missing, Prisoner

LEON, IA.—Corp. Howard Glendon Parmer, formerly of Van Wert, Ia., and son of Mrs. Della Barber of Fort Des Moines, is the latest Decatur county soldier to be reported missing in action since Feb. 17, in North Africa. 

Source: The Des Moines Register, March 23, 1943

The 184 Iowans comprise approximately 20 percent of the 922 prisoners on Tuesday’s War Department list.

Corp. Howard G. Parmer—mother, Mrs. Elmer E. Barber, Van Wert.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Wednesday, June 30, 1943