Decatur County

S/Sgt. Eldon L. Reed

 

 

 

 

Sergeant Eldon L. Reed, who recently returned to the United States from thirty months duty overseas is enjoying a furlough visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Reed at Pleasanton and his wife. Sgt. Reed was awarded the silver star January 29,1944 for walking 500 yards under machine gun fire to secure plasma to save the life of a soldier whose leg had been blown off. Sgt. Reed was spotted by the enemy and they kept firing on him. He participated in the Sicilian invasion and was one of the first to land on the Anzio beachhead. His sister, Miss Ruth Reed of Washington, D. C., another sister, Lieutenant Helen Reed of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and a brother, Sgt. Ivan Lyle Reed of Bruning, Nebraska are at Pleasanton visiting with him.

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Staff Sergeant Eldon L. Reed, of the famous thirty-fourth division, who was in the first contingent of soldiers to land in Ireland and who was wounded in North Africa, recovered and went into battle again. He participated in the Sicilian invasion and was one of the first to land on the Anzio beachhead in Italy. He arrived in the United States last week and is now in Pleasanton enjoying a furlough visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Reed and his sister, Miss Ruth Reed, who is employed in Washington, D. C., accompanied him to Pleasanton. His sister, Lieutenant Helen Reed, of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, of the WAC, arrived for a furlough visit the first of the week and her brother, Sgt. Ivan Lyle Reed, who is stationed at Burning, Nebraska.

Source: Leon Journal-Reporter, June 1944 (two news items)


Source: Decatur County Women's Auxilary WWII Scrapbook; Submission by Decatur County Historical Museum, Leon IA, Sara Rose Joan LeFleur, June of 2016