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Body Recovered From
North Sterling Lake

STERLING (AP) --- The body of Richard Kappen, 34, Akron war veteran, was recovered by volunteers Tuesday night from North Sterling Reservoir where he drowned Monday.
   Kappen, operator of a farm 14 miles southeast of Akron, was with Leonard Grooms, 31, of Akron, when their powered flat boat capsized during a high wind.  They had been fishing.
   Grooms said both were wearing life preservers and were experiencing no difficulty until Kappen tried to right the boat. Grooms said he believed the boat slammed into Kappen, inflicting a head injury,  He slid beneath the surface before Grooms could reach him.
   Kappen's body was found only after Acting Gov. Stephen. L. R. McNichols asked the Navy to send divers to aid the search.

   [Greeley Daily Tribune, Greeley, CO, Friday, June 15, 1956, Page 10]

Rites Conducted
for Colorado
Drowning Victim

IOWA FALLS --- Funeral services for Richard Kappen, 33, a former Iowa Falls resident who drowned near Sterling, Colo, earlier this week, were conducted Saturday at the Anderson Home for funerals.  The Rev. William Ullerick, pastor of the Grant Lutheran Church, officiated.  Burial was at the Grant Cemetery.
   He drowned in a reservoir while fishing with friends.  For the past five years he had been farming near Akron, Colo.
   Survivors include his widow, the former Jean Erickson, Iowa Falls; a brother, Harold, Iowa Falls;  a sister. Mrs. Marlin Wenger, Waterloo; his parents Fred Kappen, Guthrie, Minn., and Mrs. Donna Kappen, Waterloo.

   [The Mason City Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Saturday, June 16, 1956, Page 8]


Grave marker for Richard R. Kappen in the Pleasant Hill, aka Grant Township, Cemetery, (Franklin County), Iowa.

Richard enlisted in the Army at Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA, on 25 February 1943.

On 26 October 1945, T5 Kappen was in a group of men transferred from the 504th and 505th Parachute Infantry regiments.  The order didn't specify which source regiment an individual came from/

On 26 October 1945 T5 Kappen was transferred to Hq 1st, 508th PIR as part of a group from the 504th and 505th Parachute Infantry/  Although the order specified which company each individual was assigned to, it didn't indicate which regiment each man came from.


Richard submitted the above Iowa WWII Veterans Bonus application on 24 June 1949.  On page 2 he indicated that he had been in Hq 1st, 504th PIR which clears up the question regarding his transfer to the 508th.

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