Muscatine County

Lt. Bruce M. Rininsland






Lt. B.M. Rininsland, Missing 8 months, Reported Killed

Second Lieut. Bruce M. Rininsland, who was listed as missing in action over Germany on March 9, has now been noted as having been killed in action, according to a telegram received here this morning.

The message was sent to his mother, Mrs. Herbert Rininsland, 511 1/2 Sycamore street, but was received by his grandmother, Mrs. Amelia Martin. Mrs Rininsland is in Chicago visiting a sister who is ill.

A brother of Lieut. Rininsland, First Lieut. Donald A. Rininsland, had been reported missing in action previously, a message from the war department listing him as missing since Feb. 12, 1943.

Lieut. Rininsland was serving as a co-pilot of an American Flying Fortress and had been awarded the Air Medal for exceptionally meritorious achievements while participating in five separate combat missions over enemy-occupied Europe.

He entered the service in the air corps on Aug. 20, 1942, and received his training at Kelley Field, Tex. He was commissioned on March 4, 1943 at Black Land Field, Waco, Tex. and left the states for overseas duty on Sept. 28, 1943.

Lieut. Rininsland was graduated from St. Mathias high school where he played basketball with the high school team for three years. His father, Capt. H.A. Rininsland, is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and a sister, June Kathleen, is a student nurse at St. Anthony's hospital in Rock Island. In addition to the parents, the brother and sister,. Lieut. Rininsland is survived by another brother, Jackie, at home, and his grandmother, Mrs. Amelia Martin, who makes her home at the Rininsland residence.

Source: The Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, November 14, 1944 (photo included)