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Iowa's World War II Stories

Produced by IPTV, this program honors the Iowans who went into battle, as well as those who provided support from home. This Web site offers information on those profiled in the documentary, clips from the program, and links to valuable resources.

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Iowa's WWII Stories

posted on June 22, 2012

Iowa's WWII Stories
Full Program: More than 276,000 Iowans went into military service during World War II. 8,398 never returned. Thousands more who remained at home played major roles in winning the war, as well. The sacrifices of each of these Iowans helped determine the... 56:48 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Darwin “Dar” F. Reber

posted on November 7, 2007

World War II Veteran: Darwin “Dar” F. Reber
The doctors told Dar Reber that he did not have enough sight to be accepted into the Air Force. That was not acceptable to Dar, so he insisted, asking to be let in at limited service. 09:01 Play Video

World War II and the Home Front: Ed Tubbs

posted on April 10, 2006

World War II and the Home Front: Ed Tubbs
To help win the fight from the home front, the U.S. government asked its citizens to increase production of everything from ammunition to food. Ed Tubbs went to work for the Jasper Country Extension Service to promote Victory Gardens but eventually... 01:14 Play Video

World War II and the Home Front: Vivian Schleihs Builds Aircraft in Des Moines

posted on April 10, 2006

World War II and the Home Front: Vivian Schleihs Builds Aircraft in Des Moines
Vivian worked for Solar Aircraft Company in 1944 while her husband Ray was flying bombing missions in Europe. 01:00 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Thelma Kardon

posted on April 10, 2006

World War II Veteran: Thelma Kardon
For some, joining the service was a chance to relocate. 01:32 Play Video

World War II and the Home Front: Rex Holmes

posted on April 10, 2006

World War II and the Home Front: Rex Holmes
As the battle raged on in Tunisia, 15-year old Rex Holmes of Red Oak waited in the Western Union Telegraph office in the Red Oak Hotel. 01:50 Play Video

World War II and the Home Front: Working at Maytag in Newton | Hollys "Pat" Harrison

posted on April 10, 2006

World War II and the Home Front: Working at Maytag in Newton | Hollys "Pat" Harrison
In 1943, 19 year-old Hollys "Pat" Harrison from Albia, formerly Hollys Tarbell, was working for a local dentist taking care of domestic chores. 01:04 Play Video

World War II and the Home Front: Jeanne Ersland and the Des Moines Ordnance Plant

posted on April 10, 2006

World War II and the Home Front: Jeanne Ersland and the Des Moines Ordnance Plant
Jeanne Ersland of Ankeny, formerly Jeanne Gibson, was among the 19 thousand people who worked at the Des Moines Ordnance Plant. 01:59 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Russell Smith

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Russell Smith
By mid-summer 1944, members of company "I" were attacking German troops somewhere north of Rome, Italy. 01:15 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Luther Smith

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Luther Smith
In the skies over Italy, 24 year-old First Lieutenant Luther Smith of Des Moines, was on his second tour of duty with the Tuskegee Airman. 03:12 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Ray Schleihs

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Ray Schleihs
In April of 1944, 27-year old Second Lieutenant Ray Schleihs of Johnston, was starting his overseas tour of duty. Schleihs had joined the Army Air Corps in March of 1942 and was now piloting B-17 Flying Fortresses from a base in Framlingham, England. 02:07 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Al Rolfes

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Al Rolfes
After landing on Saipan in June of 1944, First Lieutenant Al Rolfes had dug in above Tannipeg harbor. 01:16 Play Video

World War II Veteran: John Phillips

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: John Phillips
In January of 1945, 22 year-old John Phillips of Waterloo was part of a group of replacement troops sent to the 106th Infantry Division fighting the Battle of the Bulge. 03:26 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Elvin Moritz

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Elvin Moritz
Moritz and other members of the 168th were surrounded by German troops at the Battle of Faid pass in February of 1943. 01:08 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Ruth Miller

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Ruth Miller
After being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Ruth Miller was assigned to the 110th Evacuation Hospital and sent to Europe in 1944. Miller helped care for several of the soldiers wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. 03:01 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Glenn McDole

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Glenn McDole
McDole was at the Cavite Naval Base in the Philippines when the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor began. Because the Philippines are on the other side of the international dateline, the battle began on December 8, 1941. McDole surrendered to Japanese... 00:57 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Dean Lettington

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Dean Lettington
As part of the 559th Field Artillery Battalion, Lettington had crossed the English Channel 17 days after D-Day in June of 1944. In December of 1944, Lettington found himself among the troops retreating from a massive German counter-attack now... 01:33 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Henry Leonard

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Henry Leonard
Private First Class Henry Leonard, a 19-year old draftee from Ryan, was sent to fight in the Philippines in January of 1945. 03:25 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Galen Kittleson

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Galen Kittleson
In early 1945, 20-year old Galen Kittleson from St. Ansgar was stationed in the Philippines as part of an elite unit called the Alamo Scouts. The Alamo Scouts participated in the rescue of American POWs held by the Japanese at the Cabanatuan... 02:06 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Verle Buck

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Verle Buck
Technician Fourth Grade Verle Buck, a 21-year old from Jubilee, was drafted in January of 1943 and participated in D-Day as part of the 149th Combat Engineer Battalion. 02:06 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Aurelio Barron

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Aurelio Barron
During the battle for Faid (fa-YEED) Pass, Sergeant Barron's mortar squad was nearby, perched on a hill, waiting to protect the retreating Allied troops. 01:37 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Paul Aschbrenner

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Paul Aschbrenner
Aschbrenner was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma. On Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Oklahoma was docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack began at 7:55am, Hawaiian time. 01:49 Play Video

World War II Veteran: Malcolm Amos

posted on April 9, 2006

World War II Veteran: Malcolm Amos
Army Corpsman Malcolm Amos of Afton was captured in the Philippines on April 9, 1942 and forced to be part of the Bataan Death March. 01:16 Play Video

Iowa's WWII Stories: Movie Reels

posted on April 8, 2006

Iowa's WWII Stories: Movie Reels
View WWII history the way newsreels showed it. Also, watch rare film footage from the Woman's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAC). Read More »

Iowa's WWII Stories: Resources

posted on April 8, 2006

Iowa's WWII Stories: Resources
Browse through some of the resources and links used in the creation of this documentary. Read More »

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