Bussey American Legion Post #505: World War II Veterans

Photos and Service Records: Surnames V-Z

The following information is from a book published by the Bussey American Legion Post No. 505 in 1947. Businesses and individuals from Bussey, Albia, Knoxville, Tracy, Attica, Hamilton and Lovilia, Iowa provided financial assistance. The Post dedicated the book as "a memorial to our buddies, who were killed in action."

(Note: Names in the book are not in alphabetical order; however, I have alphabetized them. ~KB)

Note: To return to the List and Index of World War II Veterans, go to BusseyPost_WWII.php.

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Marj Van Benthaysen Patrick

Marjorie C. VanBenthuysen, Storekeeper 2/c [married name: Patrick]

Entered service July 14, 1943. Discharged October 14, 1945. In service 2 years, 3 months, 1 day.

tn_Robert F Van Benthuysen

Pfc. Robert F VanBenthuysen, 123rd Infantry

Entered service February 15, 1943, 2nd C1, 1 M.G. Combat Infantryman. Overseas, New Guinea, Luzon, Philippine Islands. Decorations: Asiatic-Pacific, Victory, Good Conduct Medals, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze star. Returned to States January 3, 1946. Discharged January 9, 1946. In service 35 months.


Alfred H. Villont, S 1/c

Entered Navy March 27, 1944. Took boot training for 8 weeks at Camp Waldron, Farragut, Idaho. Transferred to Shoemaker, California June 14, 1944. Received Ships Company. Worked in Group A Headquarters until discharged December 2, 1945 at Shoemaker, Ca.


Clarence Villont, T/5 7th Army Signal Corps

Entered service March 28, 1942. Overseas November 8, 1942, Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany. Campaigns: Algeria, French Morocco, Sicily, Rome Arno, South France, Rhineland, Central Europe, October 24, 1942 to October 23, 1945. Discharged October 26, 1945.


Jack L. Villont, 837-457, 1st Marine Air Wing

Entered service March 13, 1943. Overseas from May 13,1944 to August 22, 1945. Decorations: Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 2 bronze stars, Navy Commendation, Presidential Citation Unit. Discharged November 15, 1945 at Cherry Point, North Carolina.


Pfc. Raymond Villont, 17042646 A.A.F.

Enlisted January 18, 1942. Overseas February 27, 1942, Losey Field, Ponce, Puerto Rico till June 26, 1943. Decoration: American Theatre, Good Conduct Ribbon. Discharged October 25, 1943. In service 1 year, 9 months, 8 days.


Pfc. William D. Villont, 37695731 Signal Corps

Entered service April 21, 1944. Overseas Southern Philippines, Luzon. Decorations: Philippine Liberation, 2 bronze stars, Good Conduct. Discharged at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, December 26, 1945.


S/Sgt. Carol S. Visser, 784th Armored Field Artillery

Entered service February 16, 1943. Discharged February 5, 1946. In service 35 months 17 days.


Jeanne M. Visser, Ninth Air Force Signal Bn.

Entered service April 12, 1943. Served overseas in England, France, Germany. Decorations: WAC Ribbon, Good Conduct, E.T.O. Ribbon with 6 battle stars, American Theatre, Victory Medal, Meritorious Badge, Occupation Ribbon. Left States, February 9, 1944 on Queen Mary, returned July 16, 1945 on C-54. In service 32 months.


1st Lieut. Paul M. Visser, Radio Operator

Entered service April 7, 1943. Overseas, July 20, 1944, New Guinea, Leyte, Manila on Luzon. Decorations: Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, 2 bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, 1 battle star, Good Conduct, American Theatre, Victory Medal, Commendation Ribbon. Discharged August 29, 1946. Officers Reserve Corp.


Dale J. Wallace, S 2/c

Entered service June 8, 1946, Des Moines, Iowa. Still in service in Pacific on U.S.S. Astoria.


Pvt. Paul R. Wallace

Entered Service July 31, 1945, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. Discharged Camp Hood, Tx, December 10, 1945.


Ralph D. Wallace, T/4

Entered service May 1, 1942. Overseas, European Theatre, February 12, 1944. Arrived in Newport, Wales, February 23, 1944. Then on to England, France, Germany, Belgium, Czechoslavakia, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France. Returned August 3, 1945. Decorations: Good Conduct, European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with 5 battle stars, 3 bars. Discharged September 30, 1945.


Cpl. David G. Wilson, A.A.F.

Enlisted October 26, 1942. Served 3 years, 3 months. Two years 11 months in U.S., 4 months with occupation forces in Japan. Discharged February 12, 1946. Decoration: Good Conduct, American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific. In service 39 months.


Gerald A. Wilson, T/4 Army Engineers

Enlisted December 14, 1942. Served 3 years, 3 months. Foreign service on Okinawa Island for 9 months. Discharged March 15, 1946. Decorations: Good Conduct, American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific. In the service 39 months.


Cpl. Paul A. Woodward, 17069685 9th Air Force

Entered service October 12, 1942. Overseas December 5, 1943, E.T.O. one year, 10 months. Was transferred to 37th Sta. Complement Sqdn. Participated in Air Offensive over Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland. Returned to States October 20, 1945. Decorations: Good Conduct, American Defense, E.T.O. Ribbon, Eastern Campaign Ribbon, Purple Heart, 1 oak leaf cluster. Discharged October 23, 1945. In service 3 years, 2 days.


Vernon Zylstra, T/4 Hq. Co. 1857th Sec. Unit

Entered service May 6, 1941. Overseas, Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia, Rome Arno, Naples, Toggia. February 18, 1942 to May 6, 1944. Decorations: Combat Inf. Badge. Discharged June 23, 1945. In service 49 months.

Contributed by Karyl Bonnett, North Liberty, Iowa, with the permission of Oren Shobe, the present commander of Post #505 (January 2007).