WII Army – Taylor, Pvt. William – Rockford Morning Star 12/10/1944

Pvt. William Taylor, Sterling, Illinois, has been missing since Nov. 16, in action in France.  In service since July 1943, overseas since March 1944.  Graduated from Sterling high school in 1943.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 12/10/1944


WWII Army Air – MIA Zielinski, Staff Sgt. Edward S.

“Missing Airman Lost Off France” reported missing in action since July 11 last seen over the North Sea in disable plane he had taken part in robot bomb installations son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Zielinski, graduated West High School 1942 was employed Woodward Governor before entering army March 1943 trained at Harlington, TX and Peterson field, Colorado Springs, CO

Source: Rockford Morning Star 9/16/1944

WWII Army Air Forces Zambrowski, Cpl. Victor

photo, ball turret gunner on Liberator bomber, stationed in Italy has been missing in action over Yugoslavia since August 22. Born in New Jersey came to Rockford at age 10, entered service May 1943 trained as a gunner at Harlingen Field, Texas

Source: Rockford Morning Star 9/9/1944

WWII Army Air – MIA Wong, Flight Officer Edward D.

25, B-24 Liberator bomber navigator last month won air medal for raids on Southern Europe. MIA over Austria since June 26, was based in Italy with 15th army air force

Source: Rockford Morning Star 7/9/1944

photo, held as prisoner of war by Germany

Source: Rockford Morning Star 7/28/1944


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


WWII – Navy Hanford, Sherwood

23 year old Rockford sailor aboard submarine Trout listed by Navy as lost in Action, MIA since March 31, famous for trip to carry out vast amounts of gold from treasury of Philippine Government. Enlisted in navy Jan. 1942; boot camp at New London, Connecticut.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 7/23/1944

“Report Young Rockford Sailor Lost on Sub” navy reported overdue from patrol and presumed lost has been MIA since March 31 in the Southwest Pacific submarine was first undersea vessel to receive personal citation from  President Roosevelt.  Hanford, last home on leave October 1943

Source: Rockford Morning Star 7/24/1944

Navy mothers attend memorial at Messiah Lutheran Church

Source: Rockford Morning Star 11/26/1944

“Missing Youth Reported Dead” parents Mr. and Mrs. Duerwood J. Hanford, 1129 6th Ave. have been notified that their 24-year old son, Sherwood Hanford , motor machinist’s mate, third class, is presumed to have died in action while serving on the submarine USS Trout. The youth had been reported missing since April 7, 1944, after the Trout sailed from Midway Island for patrol duty in the China sea. Previously it had carried gold from the Philippines before capture of the island. Entered navy February 1942, Great Lakes, volunteered for submarine duty, trained at New London, Connecticut, then assigned to the Trout. Born in Rockford Dec 18, 1920, Hanford attended Lincoln Park Grade School, then Central High School.

Sherwood Hanford

Source: Rockford Morning Star 1/31/1946

WWII – Navy Hahn, Dale Francis

20, reported lost in action. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Hahn, 1335 Elm St. Stationed at Great Lakes, then Bremerton, Washington, then joined Asiatic fleet as a gunner’s mate, 2nd Class

Source: Rockford Morning Star 3/22/1942

Dale Francis Hahn

a Rockford sailor held prisoner for 43 months by the Japanese yesterday received a Purple Heart medal for wounds received in action 5 years and 4 months ago. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Hahn, 1441 West State St. Wounds received 12/10/1941, Corregidor, entered the navy Sept 1941     listed as missing 18 months was on destroyer Pillsbury, but on land when ship sunk.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 4/22/1947