Plymouth County

Wendell A. Rhodes





Wendell Rhodes, Robert Walsh, Terry Heller, Stanley Neubrand of LeMars, John Tsitrouras of Akron are among the “boot” trainees who have not completed their recruit training at Farragut, Idaho, and are home on a much-appreciated boot leave. Several of the boys have “put in” for special training in service schools which may lead to petty officer ratings, but they will not know what their fate will be in this respect until they return to Farragut. According to the best information available, a considerable number of the trainees will be sent to sea as seamen, second class.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, August 16, 1943

Wendell Rhodes and Eddie Wilhelmi of LeMars, Vincent March of Kingsley, Eugene Manson of Union and Ray Shields of Remsen returned to Farragut, Idaho, Sunday after spending a 15-day furlough in the homes of their parents.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, August 23, 1943

NEWS of the Boys in the Service.

Wendell A. Rhodes, who left the Sentinel office last June to enlist in the Navy, is home on leave. He has just completed a course in radio at the naval training school at Farragut, Idaho, and will report at San Francisco for ship duty when his leave is up.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, February 4, 1944


“I have been reading the home town papers and noticing I will not be very far from Kenneth Smithand Harold Sullivan. I would like very much to have addresses as soon as possible.

“It sure is wonderful to be in the States even if we didn’t have Christmas there. The going is tough and its hard to get used to the chilly weather.

“I have heard about Stanley Neubrand by three letters being I was the last one from the home town to see him, his folks and girl friend would like to know more. I was out there but could not find out much about his ship.

“I let the folks know that I was all right and I sure like to have seen him when he knew it was from me.

“Are there many of the boys on leave now? I have noticed by the papers that quite a few have been home before Christmas. I may be there some time in January and I can hardly wait until I board the train. ~Wendell Rhodes”

(Stanley Neubrand and Wendell Rhodes were radio operators on their respective ships, and were in communication with each other before Neubrand’s ship was lost.)

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, January 4, 1945

NEWS of the Boys in the Service.

Wendell Rhodes, R. M. 3/c, left Thursday morning for Los Angeles where he will report for duty. He spent an 18-day leave in the home of his father, Thurman Rhodes.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, February 2, 1945