Hamilton County


Sgt. George Carl Wulkau





WILLIAMS—Sgt. Carl Wulkau and Cpl. George Wulkau of Williams, who have been stationed at different bases on New Guinea, recently enjoyed a three-day visit together, Sergeant Wulkau flying by plane to his brother’s station. The two had not met for more than two years as the sergeant has been in the army for that length of time in the west coast and in the Pacific.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, (Webster City) August 22, 1944


According to a dispatch from the 716th Tank Battalion on Mindanao Staff Sergeant George C. Wulkau of Williams is a member of that unit which made a record for itself during the Philippine Liberation campaign.

Sergeant Wulkau relates, “Our tanks have fought every kind of warfare in the books, we engaged the tanks of the Nip 2nd armored division, we took part in the street fighting at Manila and as a part of Tank-Infantry teams we cleared the sons of heaven from the jungles of Mindanao. In six months of fighting our battalion killed more than 3,000 Nips, destroyed over 600 pillboxes and much of the armor that the Japanese army used in the defense of the islands. It’s no wonder infantry divisions that operated in the Philippines regard the 716th “Wolf-pack” so highly.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, (Webster City) September 4, 1945

George Carl Wulkau was born Feb. 19, 1912 to Carl and Pauline Sprugel Wulkau. He died Apr. 26, 1968 and is buried in the Williams Cemetery, Williams, IA.

Sgt. Wulkau served with Co. H, 14th Armored Div. and Co. B 716 Tank Battalion in World War II. He was stationed in New Guinea.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - May 4, 1968

George C. Wulkau, son of Pauline Sprugel Wulkau and Carl Wulkau, was born Feb. 19, 1912, at Chicago, Ill. The family moved to the Williams, Iowa, area and he attended schools in that community, graduating from Williams high school in 1929.

He was united in marriage to Mildred L. Cheyne on Oct. 1, 1940, and to this union two children were born, Linda, Mrs. Dennis T. Halsne of Council Bluffs, and Larry Carl, at home.

He was employed for several years in the post office and in 1941 accepted a position at the Williams Savings Bank as cashier.

He was a member of the Williams Methodist church, Elks club and American Legion, having served in the Pacific area during World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart medal.

Mr. Wulkau died April 26, 1968 at Mary Greeley hospital in Ames.

Funeral services were held at the Williams Methodist church on Monday, Apr.. 29, with burial in the Williams cemetery. The Rev L. J. Runion officiated at the services with Scott Funeral home in charge.

Survivors include his wife and two children, a sister, Mrs. R. W. (Ruth) Walden of Iowa Falls and brother, Carl Wulkau of Van Nuys, Calif.; several nieces and a nephew; and an aunt, Mrs. Olga Jones of St. Louis, Mo., and uncle, Ernest Sprugel of Chicago, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Wulkau was treasurer for the town of Williams and also a former treasurer for the Williams school board. He was a former commander and service officer of the American Legion post in Williams.

Source: ancestry.com