Cerro Gordo County

Sgt. Edward Pencina


Buried: American Cemetery in St Avold, France



Sgt. Pencina Memorial Mass Tuesday at St. Joseph's

Rosary on Monday Evening at 8 O'Clock at Home, Central Heights

Memorial mass will be conducted for Sgt. Edward Pencina, son of Mrs. Eva Pencina, Central Heights, who died on Sept. 14 of wounds received in action in France, Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Joseph's Catholic church. Rosary will be said at the home at 8 o'clock on Monday evening.

Sgt. Pencina has been in action in France with Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd army up to the time of his death. He had been overseas since last April and stationed in England until shortly after the the invasion of France.

Sgt. Pencina was born in Mason City on May 21, 1919. He attended Mason City grade school and high school and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church. At the time of leaving for the service, Dec. 31, 1941, he was employed at the Hutchinson Ice Cream company here. He took his basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal., and advanced training at Camp Rucker, Ala., and in Tennessee. He had served 3 years with the national guard here.

Besides his mother, he is survived by 2 sisters: Sister Mary Marcia, Chicago, and Mrs. Conrad Balduf, Mason City.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, October 5, 1944 (photo included)

These documents are called a Company Morning Report. These are filled out every day and report the soldier status and strength of the unit.

First one: Aug 21, Pfc Percina is promoted to SSgt. They are near/in Pithiviers, France which is 54 miles south of Paris.

Second One: Here on Sept 13 they report that Sgt Pencina is SWA (Seriously Wounded in Action) and is dropped from assignment as, I suspect, he's evacuated to a hospital. They are near/in Haussonville which is 15 miles south of Nancy, France. It is 235 miles from where he was promoted.

Edward L. Pencina was born May 28, 1919 to Roy and Eva Gerard Pencina. He died Sept. 14, 1944 and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, IA.

Sgt. Pencina served with the U.S. Army in World War II with the 320th Infantry, 35th Division. He died of wounds received in action in France. He was initially buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Said-Avold, Lorraine, France.

Source: ancestry.com