WW II Army Wych Brothers


Wych brothers, all fought in WWII at the same time. From left to right: Russell (deceased), Richard, Kenneth (Deceased), Donald (deceased), George (deceased). Robert Wych, who is not pictured, was killed in action on the USS Indianapolis

Source: Rockford Register Star 12/24/2009


WW II Army – Killed Woolcott, Pvt. Frederick O.

infantry unit, enlisted Oct 1940, killed July 30 in France; graduate Harlem High School. Served in Iceland, British Isles, France – photo, page 8

Source: Rockford Morning Star 8/22/1944

Peterson, Sgt. Elmer L.

“Sgt. Elmer L. Peterson Presumed To Be Dead” “while the army has not given up hope that he will yet be found alive, your son, for more than a year, since May 19, 1943, and we are marking our records ‘presumed to be dead.” Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest R. Peterson, 1520 5th Ave, Sergeant Peterson was a crew member aboard an aircraft which disappeared near Kiel, Germany while on a combat mission. He entered the service spring of 1942. Attended Wight, Lincoln Junior High and the old Central High School, member of Our Savior’s Lutheran church, sang with choir and solo. A brother, Cpl. LaVerne Peterson is now in England.

Source: Rockford Register Republic 6/19/1944

“Purple Heart Awarded to Sgt. Elmer Peterson” The Purple Heart award has been sent to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Peterson, parents of Technical Sgt. Elmer L. Peterson, who was reported missing in action May 19, 1943. He was a radio operator-gunner on a bomber in the AAF.

Source: Rockford Register Republic  8/9/1944


Peterson, Sgt. Donald

Sgt. Donald Peterson.

“Local Airman Dies in Action” Sgt. Donald Peterson was Gunner, one of three brothers serving in the army. His father Axel Peterson, 733 North Madison, sometime in April, the 21-year-old radio gunner on a B-17 Liberator plane was killed in action over Germany according to a telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Adeline Peterson, who makes her home in New Baden, Ill.  Overseas since Feb 1944, the young airman had gone on his third mission when the tragedy occurred. While a student at Loves Park school, where all 3 Peterson brothers went, Donald was active on the basketball team. He worked at the Swedish-American Hospital as a Maintenance Man at the time of his induction in 1942. He is the father of a one-year old daughter, Donna. His brothers are Staff Sgt. Arvid Peterson and Staff Sgt. Richard Peterson.

Source: Rockford Register Republic 9/30/1944

Pearson, Pfc. Floyd

PFC Floyd Pearson

“Rites for War Hero Saturday” Killed at Guadalcanal Rescuing Comrade. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday in Arlington Memorial Park for Pfc.  Son of Adolph Pearson, 420 Fitch Rd. On May 2, 1942 the distiguished service cross was awarded posthumously. Private first class Pearson, who was born here on Aug 6, 1918 attended Rockford Schools and later worked Gunite foundries.  He entered the army March 16, 1941. Trained at Fort Sheridan, Camp Croft, S.C., and Camp Forrest, TN. First sent to Australia, he later served in New Caledonia and Guadalcanal.  Arrangements by Fred C. Olson mortuary

Source: Rockford Register Republic 6/10/1948