|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1918|
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1945|
BEATRICE DAILY SUN, BEATRICE, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 10, 1944, FRONT PAGE
SGT. EDWARD R. YURKA PRISONER OF GERMANS
VIRGINIA, Aug. 10--The welcome news that their son, Sgt. Edward Yurka, was safe although a prisoner of war of the Germans was received today by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yurka of Virginia. Sgt. Yurka, a waist gunner on a Liberator with the Eighth air force, had been reported missing in a raid over Germany since July 12.
The telegram read: "Report just received through the International Red Cross state that your son, Sgt. Edward R. Yurka, is a prisoner of war of the German government. Letter of information follows from the provost marshal general. Ulio, the adjutant general."
Sgt. Yurka was the first inductee from Gage county. He arrived in England on D-Day.
BEATRICE DAILY SUN, BEATRICE, NEBRASKA, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 21, 1946, FRONT PAGE
GAGE COUNTY'S FIRST DRAFTEE BELIEVED DEAD
EDWARD YURKA, FIRST GAGE DRAFTEE, THOUGHT DEAD; WAS PRISONER OF GERMANS
Sgt. Edward Yurka, first Gage county draftee, is presumed by the war department to be dead.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yurka of Virginia, he became a U.S. airman and crashed two years ago during a flight over Germany.
An army investigation has failed to reveal any trace of him. It is possible that he died as a result of a long forced march while he was a prisoner of the Germans.
Sgt. Yurka was a member of the crew of a B-24 which crashed near Munich on July 12, 1944. Those who survived were captured and sent to a German prisoner of war camp. Early in February the prisoners were evacuated and forced to march for 54 days. Some of Sgt. Yurka's friends later reported that in April, during the march, he had been ill with laryngitis and dysentery and, they believed, was sent to a hospital.
A thorough investigation by military authorities overseas failed to find any evidence as to what happened to him.
He was born in Ulysses, Nebr., 28 years ago, graduated from the Liberty high school and was farming before he joined the army in February, 1941. First assigned to the medical department, he later was transferred to the air corps, and assigned to the 705th bombardment squadron, 446 bombardment group. It was as a member of this outfit that he crashed in Germany.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yurka, two brothers, Frank and Rudolph, and three sisters, Mrs. James Vzolanek, Mrs. Earl Jamison and Mrs. Virgil Flesner. Miss Thelma Housley was his fiancee.
BEATRICE DAILY SUN, BEATRICE, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 1949, PAGE 11
OBITUARY: EDWARD R. YURKA
Edward R. Yurka, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yurka, was born near Dwight, Nebr., March 15, 1918. He attended high school in Liberty, Nebr., graduating in 1935. He then helped with the farm work until he entered the army on Febr. 18, 1941. He was assigned to the Medical Corps. In 1943 he was transferred to the army air forces as a waist gunner and was sent overseas to England on June 2nd, 1944. Five weeks later he was reported missing, later to learn he was a German prisoner of war. After ten months of prison, he died with diptheria near the end of the war on April 14, 1945.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yurka; three sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Jamison, Odell, Nebr., Mrs. Millie Zvolanek and Mrs. Clara Flesner of Liberty, Nebr., two brothers, Frank and Rudolph of Virginia and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church at Virginia Friday afternoon, June 17th, by Rev. Wayne Greene. Interment followed at the Virginia cemetery under the direction of the Bowhay Funeral Home.
Frank Yurka (1888 - 1960)
Mary Yurka (1890 - 1967)
Mildred M Zvolanek (1912 - 2008)*
Henrietta Jamison (1916 - 1996)*
Edward Yurka (1918 - 1945)
Clara Alice Yurka Flesner (1919 - 2011)*
Created by: Judy Vrtiska
Record added: Jul 05, 2011
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