Hamilton County


Lt. Harold E. Seiser




Second Lt. Harold E. Seiser, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiser of this city, was killed Sunday when a repaired trainer plane he was testing crashed at the end of Harrell field, Camden, Ark. shortly after the takeoff his parents have been notified.

An army test pilot whose headquarters were at Kelly Field, Texas, Lieutenant Seiser was instantly killed when his plane dove into the field from a height reported at only 250 to 300 feet. The flier was on temporary assignment at Harrell field.

Services for Lieutenant Seiser are pending.

The Webster City officer entire the army in July, 1942, reporting for duty July 15 and being assigned to Jefferson Barracks, Mo., for a five weeks’ classification course. He was later transferred to Flint, Mich. where he entered an engine mechanics’ school, graduating in October, 1942, with the highest honors in his class.

Transferred to Texas

He was next transferred to Kelly field, San Antonio, Texas, where he received his appointment as an aviation cadet in January, 1943. He received his pilot’s training at various Texas fields including San Antonio, Waco, Coleman and Eagle Pass. On Nov. 3, 1943, he received his wings and commission at Eagle Pass and was assigned to the air service command at Kelly field.

Harold Edmund Seiser, the eldest child of Edmund M. Seiser, was born at Webster City, June 10, 1921. He received his early education in rural schools and was graduated from Lincoln high school in 1939. Following his graduation he attended Webster City junior college for one year and then transferred to Iowa State college, Ames where he attended for one and one-fourth years. He was assisting with work on the Seiser farm prior to entering the service.

Survivors Listed

Lieutenant Seiser was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, stepmother, three brothers—Cpl. Virgil O. with the air corps at Sioux City; Marcus K. and Milton Dale at home—one sister, Phyllis of Webster City, his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. William Rober of Mansfield, Ill., and his step-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ubben of Williams.

Baptized in the Methodist faith here, Lieutenant Seiser was very active in Sunday school and church activities. He was especially prominent in all phases of 4-H club work and during his school years was immensely popular with all his classmates.

A hard working, energetic young man, Lieutenant Seiser will be greatly missed by all who knew and respected him as one America’s finest types of men in service.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Nov. 7, 1944

Harold Edmund Seiser was born June 10, 1921 to Edmund Milton and Gladys Edna Raber Seiser. He died Nov. 5, 1944 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Source: ancestry.com; World War II Memorial