Leo Lohr 1923-1945
Posted By: Sharon Elijah (email)
Date: 6/12/2021 at 10:07:50
20 September 1945 - The Anamosa Journal
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lohr received a telegram from the U. S. government Wendesday confirming the death of their youngest son, Leo Lohr, Storekeeper, Seaman First Class, July 30, in the sinking of the U.S. battleship Indianapolis. They had received word that he was missing in action in August.
Plans for celebrating High Requiem Mass, and a memorial service in Leo's honor will be made at a later date.
Seaman Lohr, a member of the U. S. Naval reserves, had served in the Pacific area for 16 months, and was home on leave a short time prior to his death. He had earned five battle stars, the good conduct medal and the European Asiatic ribbon. He had joined the Gale Edwards post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Anamosa while home on leave.
The Lohr's have two other sons, both in service, Robert Lohr, Petty officer in the U.S. Navy, and Staff Sergt. Charles Lohr, U. S. Army.
27 September 1945 - The Anamosa Journal
Public Memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic church for Leo Lohr, S. 1/C, Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. Solemn High Mass of Requiem will be sung by Rev. Father J. H. McMahon with Rev. Father P. J. Behan, deacon, and Rev. Father Ivan G. Boyd, sub deacon. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will take part.
Leo William Joseph Lohr, youngest son of William Harry and Mayme Neville Lohr, was born Feb. 17, 1923 at Anamosa, and lost his life aboard the ill-fated Indianapolis, July 30, 1945. He attended the public school, and graduated from the Anamosa high school with the class of 1943.
He enlisted in the Navy Feb. 22, 1944, and took boot training at Great Lakes, Ill. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Indianapolis where he served for 16 months in many actions. The last trip the ship made was to Guam to deliver parts for the atomic bombs.
Leo held the rank of Storekeeper S. 1/C. He had earned the good conduct medal, five bronze battle stars and the Pacific campaign ribbon.
Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers, Robert, a petty officer in the Navy and Charles, a staff sergeant in the army. The Donnelly, Maudaley and Neville families of Anamosa.
Four aunts, Mrs. Emma Kliber, Mrs. Ethel Rudey, and Mrs. Edith ??, all of Ottawa, Ill, Mrs. May Weaver, Richmond, Va.; three uncles, Joseph Lohr, Aurora, Ill.; and Charles and Warren Lohr, Staunton, Va.
4 October 1945 - The Anamosa Journal
St. Patrick's Catholic church in Anamosa was filled to capacity Wednesday morning when Solemn High Requiem Mass, celebrated for Leo William Lohr, Seaman First Class, Storekeeper, who lost his life aboard the ill-fated Indianapolis.
Mass was sung by Rev. Fr. J. A. McMahon, with Rev. Fr. N. U. Kepler, Watkins, Ia., deacon, and Rev. Fr. Ivan Boyd, sub-deacon. Military honors were accorded by representatives of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Assn., both of which Leo was a member. Comm. Delbert Brickley of the Legion presented the flag used in the service to Leo's mother, Mrs. W. H. Lohr.
Tom Brown, U. S. Navy, who was with Leo in boot training at Great Lakes, Ill., served as standard bearer. Navy men on leave were honorary pallbearers, and 12 soldiers on furlough formed the color guard.
Special choral music was directed by Sister Mary Cecelia, and the sermon was delivered by Fr. Kepler.
Leo, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lohr, was born and raised in Anamosa. He attended the public school and graduated from high school in 1943. He enlisted in the Navy in February, 1944. Following his boot training he was assigned to his ship where he served 16 months. Leo held the Good Conduct medal, five bronze battle stars and the Pacific campaign ribbon.
Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers, Robert, a petty officer in the Navy, and Charles, a staff sergeant in the Army.
Out-of-town relatives at the service included Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lohr, Aurora, Ill.; Mrs. Emma Gilbert, Mrs. Charles Rude, and Mrs. Eugene Fieseld, Ottawa, Ill.; Margaret Neville, Oak Park, Ill.; Mrs. Harry K. Drayson and Harry, Jr., Chicago, Ill.; Michael Neville, Madison, Wis.; Mrs. Joseph Buscher, Iowa City, and Mrs. John Morrisey, Milwaukee, Wis.
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