Sioux County

Sgt. Martin Postma





Sgt. Martin Postma, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Postma, is now in a hospital in England.  He had been released from the hospital not long ago, and had returned to the front in Germany serving there two days, when he was wounded again.  He wrote home that he was hit in the chest November 26, but not further details are known.  He had been in Germany just a week.  Martin holds the Silver Star, medal awarded for gallantry in action.

His brother Gerrit is serving in the Philippines with the Quartermaster Corps, and another brother Lawrence expects to leave for the service soon.  Their father farms a half section of land, and is very shortly going to be up against the tight help situation.  Here’s one family more than doing its share in this war effort.

Source: Rock Valley Bee, December 29, 1944

Rock Valley:
Lawrence Postma arrived home Friday morning from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station at Chicago for a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Postma, after having completed his boot training. He is the third son to be in service: Martin Postma with the army in Europe and Gerrit Postma in the South Pacific region.

Source: Alton Democrat, April 19, 1945

Martin Postma was born Feb. 27, 1921 to Richard and Cora VandeVegte Postma.He died Jan. 25, 2001 and is buried in Valley View Cemetery, Rock Valley, IA.

Sgt. Postma served in World War II with the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company L on Omaha Beach on D-Day.