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Salinas Man Loses Life at Mount Shasta

   Delos W. Peckenpaugh, 34, former resident here and son of Mrs. Birdie E. Fenn of Salinas, drowned yesterday when the truck in which he was riding overturned into the Sacramento river at Mount Shasta. Mr. Peckenpaugh had been engaged in mining operations at Dunsmuir for about a year following his discharge from the army and employment for several months in the USES office here. He was in the 101st Airborne division and served as a sergeant overseas for three years.
    He was a native of St. Anthony, Ida., and was graduated from the University of California in 1938. He was a member of the VFW post at Dunsmuir.
   In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Delos Peckenpaugh of Logan, Iowa; his grandfather, William E. Witting-ton of Long Beach; and several aunts and uncles.
   The body will be brought to Struve and Laporte funeral home, where funeral arrangements are pending.

[Note: not listed but also survived by his son, William Donald Peckenpaugh of Piedmont, CA]

[The Californian, Salinas, CA, 26 Apr 1947, Sat, Page 2]


Delos W. Peckenpaugh registered for the draft in Yonkers, NY on 16 Octobne 1940 and was inducted into the Army at Monterey, CA on 14 May 1942.

Pvt Peckenpaugh was transferred from the Parachute School at Ft. Benning, GA to Hq Hq, 508th on 27 October 1942 

He was transferred from Hq 2nd,  to Co D on 3 May 1943 and then on 14 May was transferred to the Replacement Depot, Shenango, PA.

Based on remarks in his obituary, Delos then was transferred to the 101st Airborne Division.  His grandson reports that Delos' photo shows him wearing both the French and Belgian Fourragére indicating he served in at least two ETO campaigns...

Delos died in Dunsmuir (Siskiyou), CA on 25 April 1947.  Although his obituary indicated he would be buried in the IOOF Cemetery, Salinas (Monterey county), CA, his body was instead cremated and the ashes were scattered off the coast near Monterey.

Services Will Be
Held Wednesday
For Peckenpaugh

   Services for Delos W. Peckenpaugh, 34, will be held from Struve and Laporte funeral parlors Wednesday at 2 o'clock, followed by interment in the IOOF cemetery.
   Mr. Peckenpaugh, former resident of this city and son of Mrs. Birdie E. Fenn, drowned Friday when the truck in which he was riding overturned into the Sacramento river at Mt. Shasta.

[The Californian, Salinas, CA, 28 Apr 1947, Mont, Page 7]

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