Private Richard D. White

1918–January 6, 1945

Service #: 37696793
Education: Grammar School
Occupation: Stock Clerk
Marital Status: Married, 3 children
Enlistment Date: May 12, 1944
Enlistment Place: Camp Dodge, Herrold, Iowa
Service/Unit: Company B, 232d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Burial: Plot A Row 12 Grave 7, Epinal American Cemetery, France

Pvt. Richard D. White Killed In Action

photoPvt. Richard D. White, Waterloo, one of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. James W. White, 2614 Kenyon avenue, who are in service, was killed in action Jan. 6 while serving with the infantry in France.

A telegram had been received Tuesday by his wife, Lucille, who, with their three children, Janet Rae, four years old, James Richard, three years old, and Harold John, six weeks old, reside in Monticello, Ia.

Private White, a former employee of the John Deere Tractor Co., entered service in May, 1944, trained at Camp Gruber, Okla., and went overseas shortly after visiting here in October.

Private White was born at Anamosa, Ia., July 26, 1918, and resided there until moving to Waterloo with his parents in 1928. He attended West side schools. On Oct. 15, 1939, he married Lucille Deidiker of Monticello, Ia.

His brothers, Marine Staff Sgt. Scottie, stationed at Camp Lejeune, N. C., and Dale Robert, seaman first class, stationed at Washington, D. C., are here now and Cpl. Raymond is expected to arrive soon from Ft. Lewis, Wash. Another brother, Fred W. White, resides at 1725 Easton avenue.

Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Ray L. Irons, 38 Garden avenue, Mrs. Frank Graves, Ionia, Ia., Mrs. William McMurrin, Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Mrs. Ernest Sanoica, Hartford, Wis.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, January 30, 1945
Photo: Andy


Photo: Erin Pavlis

Monticello Soldier Killed

Pvt. Richard White, 26, was killed in action in France January 6, according to word received by his wife from the war department. He was sent overseas last Thanksgiving. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Janet, 3, and two sons, James, 4, and Harold, 5. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James White, and four brothers and three sisters.

Source: The Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, February 1, 1945

Receives Silver Star

Mrs. Richard White of Monticello recently received a Silver Star medal, which was awarded to her late husband, Richard D. White, a member of Co. B, 233rd Infantry regiment, for gallantry in action. On January 5, 1945, Pvt. White, accompanied by Lieutenant Champion, attempted to blow up a bridge at Stattmatten, France. They missed it the first time, but later completed their mission. That same day, Pvt. White was mortally wounded while fighting with his platoon. He entered the service from Cedar Falls. Mrs. White was Lucille Dietiker before her marriage.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, September 6, 1945