Lucas County

Lt. Helen Talboy



Lt. Helen Talboy, of Des Moines, Ia., was credited in press dispatches with organizing surviving nurses and taking charge of the surgical section of a hospital on the Anzio beachhead in Italy after it was bombed by the Germans.

Lt. Talboy Graduate of Burlington Nurses School

BURLINGTON -- Lt. Helen Talboy, praised for her courage following the bombing of a Red Cross hospital in Italy, was graduated from Mercy Hospital school of nurses training in Burlington in 1934. She has been in service since shortly after the breakout of the war.

Three other graduates of Mercy training school who have been serving as her assistants may have bee in the bombing as there has been no word that they have been transferred. They are Lillian Smith, Brooklyn, Marcella Schlemma, Clinton and Ruth Wells, Omaha.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, February 10, 1944 (photo included)

Helen Talboy
WWII Heroine
Dies at 62

DES MOINES AP)—A heroine of World War II and former superintendent of the Iowa Women’s Reformatory at Rockwell City died at Veterans Hospital here Sunday at the age of 62.

She was Mrs. Helen Talboy, who was cited by the Army for heroic work in organizing her fellow nurses on the Anzio beachhead after German bombs had killed four other nurses near her.

She was superintendent of the reformatory from 1946 to 1953.  Doctors said she died of complications following chest surgery.

Source:  Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa City, Iowa) May 26, 1969

Chariton, Iowa
Tuesday, May 27, 1969


Helen Malony Talboy, 61, died at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines on Sunday. She was the daughter of Dr. John Malony, a Chariton dentist for many years. She was a veteran of the Army Nurse Corps of World War II with the rank of Captain.

Funeral services were conducted today at 2 p.m. at the Miley and Brueggemann Chapel by the Rev. Father C. J. Gaul. Burial was in the Chariton Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the Carl L. Caviness Post 102 of the American Legion.

She is survived by one sister, Ruth Thomas of Rockwell City, and one niece.

Additional information:

Moved to Chariton, Iowa, as a child with her parents and sister, Ruth. Her dad was a dentist. In 1927, she graduated from Chariton High School.