Monona County

Ralph R. Wickersham



Rose Penning of LeMars and Ralph Wickersham of Onawa were Sunday dinner guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Day of Sioux City.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, May 5, 1941

Engagement Of Rose Penning Is Announced Here

Mr. and Mrs. William Penning of LeMars announce the engagement of their daughter, Myrtle Rose Penning, of Long Beach, Cal., to Fireman 2/c Ralph Russell Wickersham, son of Mrs. Elma Kaiser, of Blencoe, Ia.

Miss Penning is a graduate of Central high school of this city and of Samuel’s school of cosmetology in Sioux City. At present she is employed in the office of the California Shipbuilding ocrporation at Terminal Island, Cal.

Mr. Wickersham is a graduate of Onawa high school and for the past two years has been serving in the U. S. Navy, somewhere in the Pacific.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, November 11, 1943

NEWS of the Boys in the Service.

Ralph Wickersham, motor machinist mate second class, and bride arrived Monday for a visit in the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Penning. The couple left Thursday morning for San Francisco where they will visit before returning to Long Beach where Ralph will report for duty.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, February 4, 1944

NOTE: This couple was married January 18, 1944, Las Vegas, Nevada.

WWII Bonus Case Files

Ralph Russel Wickersham
Location: Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California
Location immediately prior to induction into the military: Blencoe, Iowa
Date of Birth: 13 Jan 1921
Place of Birth: Onawa, Iowa
Date of Entry into the Service: 29 Jan 1942
Date of Separation from the Service: 14 Dec 1945
Date of Departure from the United States: April 1942
Date of Return to the United States: June 11, 1944
Note: In and out of the USA a number of times from June 1944 to Sept. 1945

WWII Bonus Application Received: 31 May 1949