Pfc. Leo E. Warren

August 11, 1922–December 10, 1943

Service #: 37040165
Residence: Onslow, Jones, Iowa
Education: 4 years high school
Occupation: *****
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Date: February 17, 1941
Enlistment Place: *****
Service/Unit: 41st Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Division
Awards: Purple Heart
Burial: Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy


Soldier Gives Life On Italian Front

photoPrivate First Class Leo Edward Warren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben L. Warren, Onslow, was killed in action in Italy on December 10, according to word sent by the war department to his parents Tuesday. Several hours after receiving notice of his death, Mr. and Mrs. Warren were notified by the Red Cross that he had been buried in the American cemetery in Sicily with full military honors.

Leo enlisted in the army, February 17, 1941. He was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington. In October, 1942, he had spent three days of a 15-day furlough at home when he was called to report for duty. He was sent to Camp Pickett, Virginia, and embarked for overseas on November 8, 1942.

He partook in battles in Africa, Sicily and Italy. He received the purple heart award for wounds received in Sicily. He had served under General Clark and General Patton. In a recent letter to his parents, Leo said that he would never forget his twenty-first birthday which he spent on the battlefield.

He was born August 11, 1922, in Onslow. He attended the Presbyterian Sunday school and was a graduate of the Onslow high school, class of 1940. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, No. 147, Wyoming.

Surviving are his parents; one sister, Helen; two grandmothers; aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. One sister, Mary Ruth, preceded him in death.

Source: The Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, December 23, 1943


Photo: Marsha Wright

Leo Warren Services

Legion Memorial services were held for Leo Warren Sunday afternoon. Dr. C. E. Smith read the order of service which was opened by singing the national anthem. Prayer was offered by the chaplain. Lyle Thompson sang two selections, "When I Fall Asleep" and 'Going Down the Valley," with Mrs. Truman Stanton at the piano. The Rev. Frank Schroedef gave a short address and read a letter written by Leo's request to his parents and sister. Another gold star was added to our service flag and the pledge of allegience was given in closing.

Those from a distance in attendance were Miss Helen Warren and Dr. and Mrs. Moulton of Bellevue, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kerr and son of Rock Falls, Mrs. Irvin Kirzmann and son of Arlington, Mr. and Mrs. Milliard Allen and Mr. and Mrs. Curran Nicholas of Cedar Rapids, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Keister of Maquoketa.

Source: Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, February 17, 1944