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