Washington County

Sgt. Claude J. Semler




Iowa’s World War II Honor Roll

These Iowans, like the ones pictured in this section last Sunday, have given their lives for their country. They came from all sections of the state, from all walks of life, and they rest today in strange and far away but never-to-be forgotten places. The final line beneath each photograph tells the geographical area in which the man was serving. Additional pictures of Iowans who have been killed in combat will be carried on future Sundays.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, December 12, 1943 (photo included)

Claude Joe Semler was born Jan. 12, 1920 to Frederic K. and Mary F. Stump Semler. He died Nov. 15, 1942 and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Johnson Co., IA.

Pvt. Semler served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 90th Bomb Group (H) B-24 ‘Jolly Rogers’ and was KIA in the Southwest Pacific area.

Source: ancestry.com