Sioux County

M/Sgt. Willard E. Vander Maaten


More Pictures of Servicemen (27 individual photos published in this newspaper)

Source: The LeMars Globe-Post, April 2, 1945 (photo only)

War Department Reports 7 As Dead

Washington, D.C.—The War Department Monday announced the names of six Iowans as dead in the European regions and one in the Pacific area.

In the European theater are S/Sgt. Paul O. Hartkopf, Atlantic; Sgt. Donald D. Rohloff, Delta; Lt. Robert L. Sill, Fort Dodge; Lt. Carl W. Heline, Marcus; Lt. Daniel S. Wilson, Minburn; and Sgt. Mark R. Reynolds, jr., Shellsburg.

In the Pacific region was M/Sgt. Willard E. Vander Maaten, Orange City.

Source: The Des Moines Register, February 26, 1946

Willard E. Vander Maaten was born Aug. 17, 1927 to Andrew and Christina Ruisch Vander Maaten. He died May 12, 1945 and is buried in West Lawn Cemetery, Orange City, IA.

Sgt. Vander Maaten served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron as top turret gunner and assistant radioman on a B-24 bomber and was MIA/KIA on a mission over China.