Here is a little perspective for you to see that John was much more than a Veteran, which is equally as important as his military service.
Hopefully this will inspire and encourage more Manning connected people to work with me on their family's history and anyone who was a Veteran in their family.
It will hopefully also humble us some, when we think we have it tough and things don't go the way we always want them to...
Realize that the world would look a lot different today if it weren't for people like John who were willing to help fight off Socialism, Fascism, Communism, and Japanese Imperialism, and sadly we are still constantly challenged by many of these forms of control all around the world today.
Manning Soldier Dies in India
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoffmann have just been notified their son, Major John M. Hoffmann, died in India, January 2, 1944. No other information was contained in the notification. He was a 1928 graduate of the Manning High School and graduate of University of Iowa.
They have two other sons in the armed forces, Robert Hoffmann, who is serving with the Navy in the south Pacific and Harold Hoffmann, who is with the American forces in England.
- Save Your Tin Cans -
Council Bluffs Nonpareil, January 13, 1944
NOTE the last line in this article - it was a reminder for everyone to save their cans for the nation-wide scrap metal drive to help support the war effort.
Waldo Hoffmann 5, John Hoffmann 8
Photo by R.H. Claussen Manning photographer.
1928 Former students: Lucile Ackles, Lyle Babcock, Howard Barnard, Lowell Bingham, Hans Claussen, Goldie Dammann, Clay Denton, Mira Dillenbeck, Florence Emmons, Delpha Farrell, Guy Farrell, Bernice Foster, Vero Freece, Paul Grimm, Esther Guss, Jay Guss, Clarence Hagedorn, Berkley Halford, Louie Hargens, Vera Hathaway, Cora Hegen, Irene Hollenbeck, James Holmes, Frank Hurd, Lodema Johnston, Edna Karstens, Harry Karstens, Henrietta Kelting, Carl Klofkorn, Francis Koon, May Koon, Chester Kuhl, Herman Kuhl, Lionel Markley, Gretchen Meisel, Lillian Meisel, Edna Mundt, Elda Musfeldt, Claus Nielsen, Jr., Inez Ohde, Harold Parkhouse, Russell Paulk, Mary Pencker, Irene Pfoltner, Eddie Puck, Edward Ramsey, Juanita Reese, Walter Reese, Elsie Reichart, Edna Ress, Vera Schoening, Henry Schrum, Edward Schumann, Erna Sommerfeldt, Joseph Sonksen, Cora Stout, Gladys Struve, Anna Unti, Helen Weidner, Mildred Wentzel, David Wheeler, Verne White, Evelyn Wilke, Harry Williver
John watering his garden
Robert & John Hoffmann
John & Bob
1932 graduate University of Iowa
Hoffmann home built in 1881 - now the location at the south end of the Terrace Apartments.
John built this Swan boat
1928 Back: Coach Hicks, Harold "Moc" Martens, Bill Knaack, Dale Griffith
Middle: Ray Frahm, Otto Lamp, Walt Sonksen, Bob Wiese, Carl "Skinny" Hass
Front: John Hoffmann, Ernest Barten
1927 Coon Valley football team
North side of the old high school just south of Highway 141 - now the Rec Center racquetball court.
Major John Hoffmann - buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii
Fort Benning, Georgia
To keep their sanity, sometimes they had to do something silly!
Harold "Dutch" Hoffmann
Robert, Harold, John
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