Sioux County

Clarence J. Schwebach


Granville Soldier Missing In Action

Mr. and Mrs. Nic Schwebach of Granville received a telegram from the War Department Saturday stating that their son, Clarence (Buddy) Schwebach was missing in action on Nov. 1st.

The young man was inducted into the Army on Dec. 18, 1942. He was stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif., and Greenville, Pa., before being sent overseas. He was last heard from in Italy.  His brother, Magnus, is a paratrooper, also overseas. The many friends of the family hope that Buddy is safe, perhaps a prisoner of war.

Source: The Alton Democrat, November 25, 1943

Memorial Service For Granville Boy

Memorial services for Clarence Schwebach, killed in action in Italy, were held at St. Joseph’s church in Granville Monday, Nov. 29th, at nine o’clock. The parents were first notified on Nov. 20th, that their son was missing in action Nov. 1, as reported in our last issue, but a later message conveyed news of his death.

Rev. Clemens Knobbe officiated at the requiem mass and Rev. Dalhoff preached the sermon.  The American Legion, Auxiliary and Men’s Catholic Order of Foresters attended in a body.

The youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nic Schwebach, Clarence was born in Sept. 1921, and was inducted into the Army, Dec. 18, 1942. He is survived by two brothers and six sisters, namely:  John; Mrs. Ray Koob (Rose); Mrs. Roy Bussanmus (Margaret); Mrs. Leonard Grady (Agnes); Mrs. Lawrence Noethe (Gladys); Magnus, a paratrooper overseas; Mrs. Arnold Smith (Florence), of Paullina; and Mrs. Bill Davis (Anna.)

Source: The Alton Democrat, December 2, 1943

Military Honors For Clarence Schwebach Monday at Granville

Remains of Clarence J. Schwebach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick T. Schwebach of Granville, will be returned from North Africa for burial on Monday.

Services will be held Monday, Nov. 22, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s church with Father Dalhoff officiating.  Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion and the V. F. W. Posts.  The body will arrive in LeMars, Sat. noon and be taken to the parental home in Granville Sunday afternoon.

Clarence was born Sept. 2, 1921, in O’Brien county. He entered the armed service in September, 1942, and was killed in action in the North African campaign Nov. 1, 1943. He is survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Ray Koob, Granville; John N. Melvin; Mrs. Leonard Grady and Magnus Schwebach of Granville; Mrs. Lawrence Noethe, Sanborn; Mrs. Arnold Smith, Primghar; Mrs. Wm. Davis, Paullina.  Wiltgen’s Funeral Home of LeMars is in charge.

Source: The Alton Democrat, November 18, 1948

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American Knights : The Untold Story of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, by Victor Failmezger  (2015)