Sgt. Evard Lynn Magruder

August 25, 1921–May 8, 1944

Service #: 17033330
Residence: Jones, Iowa
Education: 4 years high school
Occupation: Shipping and receiving clerks
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Enlistment Date: December 23 1941
Enlistment Place: Ft. Des Moines, Iowa
Service/Unit: Army/Air Corps
Awards: *****
Burial:Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Jackson, Iowa

Sgt. J. E. Magruder Missing In Flight

" Mrs. Thomas Hunwardsen, Oxford Junction, was notified Friday that Sgt. Junior Evard Magruder, radio operator, is "missing in flight." No details were given. His last letter came from China.

He is the son of the late E. D. Magruder of Maquoketa, and for a number of years had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Hunwardsen. He was graduated from Oxford Junction high school in 1942. He enlisted in the fall of 1942. He has one brother, Pvt. David Magruder, and a sister, Theo, a nurse in New York.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, June 1, 1944


Junior E. Magruder Killed Over China

OXFORD JUNCTION — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hunwardsen have been notified by the government, that Sergt. Junior Evard Magruder. 23, who was reported missing in flight over China, May 8, is known definitely to be dead.

He was a radio operator on a bomber. He was born in Oxford Junction Aug. 25, 1921, son of the late Attorney E. L. Magruder, Maquoketa. He made his home for a number of years with Mr. and Mrs. Hunwardsen in Oxford Junction where he graduated from the high school, class of '42. He enlisted in the service the fall of the same year, and was soon sent to India.

He is survived by a sister, Theo, New York, a brother. Pvt. David, Fort Lewis, Wash., a half sister, Shirley Hendersen, and a half brother, Wayne Waite, Oxford Junction, and a half brother, Jackie Waite, Maquoketa. Mrs. Hunwardsen is arranging for a memorial service to be held soon.

Source: The Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, November 16, 1944

Sgt. J. E. Magruder

Memorial services were held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church for Sgt. Junior Evard Magruder, who died in a flight over China May 8, 1944. The service was in charge of the Rev. E. J. Steinman of Wyoming and the Wapsie post of the American Legion and the auxiliary. Tributes were given by Harold Klahn, Mrs. Fred Wasoba, and by Mrs. George Cress, representing the Methodist church. The songs, "In the Garden," "Shadows," and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," sang by Mrs. Fred Sacora, Mrs. L. L. Long, Mrs. Fred Lasack and Earline Muston, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. G. J. Bees. The tall candle for the service was lighted by a sister of the deceased, Shirley Henderson, and Pvt. David Magruder, a brother, placed the gold star on the church honor roll. The prayer and presentation of the flag to the family were by Commander Thomas Hunwardsen. The presentation of the colors was by Cpl. Yale Kula, Waco, Texas., and Pvt. Harry Benhart, Massachusetts.

Source: The Anamosa Eureka, December 7, 1944