I have quite a few extra steps to safely send and return pictures and information which has worked well over the last 20 years.
When I opened the first box of pictures, I was completely amazed at the history sent me. I was not fully aware of all of the family connections and was ecstatic to find pictures of 2 Manning connected Veterans who paid the ultimate price during WWII. I had no pictures at all of these men and have been looking for over 20 years.
I'll be working more with the Enenbach/Frahm family in the future to hopefully get more information and other pictures from various members of this family to add to the military write-ups.
For now here are a few of the amazing pictures I never knew existed until recently.
Manning Monitor article------ 1944
Lt. Albert Buss Killed In Action In France
Lt. Buss, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs Herman J. Buss, live in Boone, formerly owned the Central Food Market here in Manning. He sold the store in December, 1941 following Pearl Harbor and enlisted in the Army.
Lt. Buss spent about a year in the Alaskan Theatre of War before returning to the States in
April of this year.
Citation of Award of Purple Heart Received by Mrs. Buss
Mrs. Phyllas E. Buss has received the citation of the Award of the Purple Heart to her husband, 1st Lieut. Albert J. Buss, for Military Merit and for wounds received in action which resulted in his death, Aug. 10, 1944, in the European Theater of War.
Mrs. Buss also received a resolution of sympathy signed by the President of the United States.
MEMORIAL SERVICES AT BOONE SUNDAY FOR LT. ALBERT J. BUSS
A memorial service for the late Lt. Albert J. Buss will be held Sunday, March 18, at 2 p. m. from the First Methodist church in Boone. Dr. Edwin A. Briggs will be in charge of the service and the American Legion will present the ritual.
First Lieutenant Albert J. Buss; son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Buss of 209--12th street, Boone,
was killed in action August 10, 1944, in France. He was in business for many years in
Boone and before entering service was in the grocer business in manning for 18 months.
Lt. Albert Buss Reburial At Boone
Funeral services for Lt. Albert Buss, 34, were held at the Wehn Funeral chapel in Boone on Wednesday afternoon, at 2:00. Lt. Buss of Boone, was killed Aug. 10, 1944, in France. He owned a grocery store in Manning prior to his entry into the infantry.
In April, 1944, he was married to Phyllas Enenbach of Manning, now Mrs. Vincent Curl of
An amazing piece of history - an event only a year before Albert was KIA.
Margaret Perdita (Enenbach) & Raymond Bock - Albert Buss with his wife Phyllas (Enenbach)
Many of the men who died during the service of our country were married and some had children, before heading overseas.
All too often we forget the horrific pain the wives and family members of these Veterans had to endure. A few of the wives never married again, but most did remarry and had to forge forward and deal with life as best they could.
I believe this is another very important reason to honor our Veterans in the Manning Veterans' history book which also honors those wives, parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, and cousins who lost so much.
After Albert's death, Phyllas met and married Vincent Curl. Here are some military pictures and service information.
For this next Veteran all I had was this short newspaper article.
It mentioned he was reported missing in action over Germany, and I had not run into any other information - not until receiving this recent information from the Enenbach family did I find out he was KIA.
|Mr. and Mrs. John Frahm received a message Tuesday from their daughter, Marian, who lives in Long Beach, California, that she had received notice from the government that her husband, Tommy Thompson, a bomber pilot, was reported missing in action over Germany. Lt. Thompson received his flight training at Hobbs, New Mexico, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Rapid City, South Dakota. They were married April 20 in New Mexico.|
Tommy and Marian (Frahm) Thompson - possibly on the Frahm farm.
Marian & Tommy Thompson - Rapid City South Dakota, 1943
Marian & Tommy
For this next Veteran, I had a number of articles about his military service.
The pictures below give a better idea of his service.
Manning Monitor article------ 1943
Has Corporal Rating
Meet In South Pacific
1 Sgt. William Enenbach, stationed in New Guinea (relatives believe), recently attended Mass and was surprised to see Father George Schumacher, priest here for several months, some years ago.
The two men were mighty glad to meet each other on the front and planned for another get-together.
Wm. Enenbach Transferred To Camp Carson
Word has been received from Pvt. Wm. L. Enenbach that he is now located at Camp Carson, Colo. He and 27 others in the medical division stationed at Camp Robinson, Arkansas were transferred to this new camp last week. Camp Carson is a new camp located near Colorado Springs, Colo.
He and his group were the first medics to arrive at the camp. The rest of the men who complete this unit of 300 come from Camp Barkley, Texas.
They are attached to the 58th Evacuation Hospital. He has been doing work in the personnel department since being there and likes it fine.
Meet in South Pacific
Wm. Enenbach and Donald Struve met on an Island in the South Pacific and are stationed one mile apart.
Manning Monitor article------ 1945
Wm. Enenbach Gets Commission
The Manning soldier, who boasts an Army career of more than four years, has served in
the Pacific for 21 months. During this time his tour of duty included Milne Bay and Oro Bay
in New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, and Leyte and Cebu in the Philippines. At the time
of his commission he was functioning as sergeant major of his unit's personnel section.
Bill, back row 2nd over
Bill (left) on Admiralty Island
58th Evacuation Hospital
Bill - far left - probably receiving an increase in rank.
This next Veteran served overseas during WWII - her obituary is below and shows the Enenbach connections.
Laverne (Frahm) Bjorndahl, daughter of the late John Frahm, was born November 30, 1919, in Manning, Iowa, and passed away in a Garden Grove, California, Hospital March 21, 1981. Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Garden Grove with the Rev. Jerry Crawford officiating.
She was a graduate of Manning High School in 1938 and of St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska. She served in the Nurses Corps of U.S.N.R., in World War II. She was Assistant Manager of Nursing Services of Golden Rain Foundation, Seal Beach, and Leisure World.
Immediate survivors are her husband, Joseph Bjorndahl, Garden Grove, California, sons Greg and Brad of Garden Grove; three sisters, Helen, Mrs. William Enenbach of Omaha, Nebraska, Marian, Mrs. Henry Vacjner of Villa Park, California, and Mary, Mrs. Don Swerczek of Omaha. Other relatives, friends & grateful patients mourn her passing.
I'm so glad that the Enenbach family is willing to work with me and send me their history to scan...history that is priceless - worth more than gold!
I'm always looking for Manning history and several years ago I ran across a Homemaker's club scrapbook in the Manning City Library.
In there were a lot of letters from WWII servicemen and here is one from Bill to the club.
Like always, I hope by featuring these great Americans, that more Manning Veterans and Manning connected people will contact me so I can work on their history and pictures too.
I hope everyone connected to Manning feels like I do that we need to honor the over 1000 men and women in a Manning Veterans' history book...especially for the 26 Manning men who died during the service of our country.