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Pfc. Peterson Dies in Action Against Nazis
   On the same day that a letter had been received from their son, Pfc William L. Peterson, paratrooper with the United States army, overseas, Mr. and Mrs. William Peterson of the Kelley community were notified in a brief telegram, Tuesday, from the war department, that their son had been killed in action, in Holland, on Sept 21.
   In his letter, Private Peterson stated that he was well and asked his parents "not to worry about him as he would probably be back home in the not too distant future."
   Private Peterson was born on Jan. 10, 1923, on the farm which his parents are residing.  He attended the Kelley schools and graduated with the class of 1942. Always a favorite with his teachers and his schoolmates, William was esteemed and admired for his good sportsmanship and fairness in dealing with others.
   Following his graduation from high school, he went to Los Angeles, Calif., where he was employed in the aircraft industry until his enlistment in the armed forces in January 1943.  William received his basic training at Camp Robinson, Ark., where he volunteered as a paratrooper. He was transferred to Camp Benning, Ga., for further training   Later he was sent to Camp Mackall, N.C., for embarkation for overseas duty.  Private Peterson arrived in England in June, 1944.  The details of his death are not known.
   Mr. and Mrs.. Peterson have two other sons in the service, Private Leonard Peterson of Pennsylvania, who is at the present spending a short furlough at the home of his parents, and Private Paul Peterson, of Oceanside, Calif.
   Besides his parents and two brothers in the armed forces, William is survived by another brother and five sisters.  Three of his brothers-in-law are serving their country.

(Published Oct 14, 1944)

Pfc. Bill Peterson, son of William L. Peterson, Route 3, Ames, has won the right to wear the world-famous wings and boots of the United States Army Voluntary Paratrooper.  He made his fifth qualifying jump, a night tactical leap identical to actual combat work in Sicily, which completed his four weeks of jump training at Ft. Benning, Ga., Parachute school on Jan (illegible).

(Published Jan 14, 1944)

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Grave marker for Pfc William L. Peterson at Row 12, #4.in the Fjeldburg Cemetery, Huxley, Iowa

 Pfc Peterson was killed in action on September 21, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart

(Photo and newspaper clippings courtesy Wayne & Judy Casperson)

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