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James Louis Achterhoff
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Birth: Jul. 13, 1920
Sioux County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1943, Italy

Article from an unknown newspaper dated Jul 14, 1920 reads...

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. L. Achterhof. Mr. and Mrs. William Kraayenbrink are the proud grandparents for the first time.

Gold Star Deaths (surnames A-D) of Christian Reformed Church Members in North America 1941-1973 compiled by Susan Potter and Richard H. Harms, 2001

Achterhoff, James Louis - S 1/c United States Navy
Birth: 07/13/1920. Entered service: 01/08/1943
Death: 09/09/1943, Mediterranean; place of burial: Salerno, Italy
Parents: Achterhoff, Mr. and Mrs. Louis
Home: Rock Valley, IA; Church: Rock Valley, IA Christian Reformed Church

Obituary reads...


ord was recieved Wednesday afternoon by Mr. and Mrs/ Louis Achterhof living 1 1/2 miles west of Perkins corner that their son James Louis had been killed in action. James had last been heard from in North Africa about September 1st. He was a member of the Sea Bees construction Battalion engaged in transporting supplies. He had also been to Sicily. A recent letter said he had seen two days of fighting but that was sometime before his last letter arrived here.

The message reads as follows: "The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, James Louis Achterhof, Seaman 1st Class of the U. S. Naval Reserve was killed in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The Department extends to you its sincerest sympathy in your great loss. On account of the exidting conditions the body if recovered cannot be returned at present. If further details are recived you will be informed. To prevent possibleaid to our enemies please do not divulge the name of his ship or station." Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs, Chief of Naval Personnel.

James entere th service January 6th, 1943. He was twenty-three years old. He had a furlough after completing his boot training in the middle of March and at that time visited relatives and freinds in Sioux Center while spending his furlough with his parents whose address is Rock Valley. He visited the News office and was very enthusiastic about his work in the Sea Bee Construction Battalion. He was a fine young man and the community extends sympathy to the members of his family in their great loss.

No plans have yet been made for a Memorial Serivce. The family will wait until further details are recived from the Navy Department. It is supposed that his ship was sunk which no doubt accounts for the fact that his body cannot be recovered.

Second obituary reads...

James Achterhof was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Achterhof. He was born on July 13, 1920. He attended the rural shcools of this community. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves November 27, 1942 as a memeber of the Seabees Construction Battalion. He received his boot training at Camp Endicott, Rhode Island and after having a home leave embarked April 4th for overseas duty. He was in the North African Theatre and took part in the invasion of Sicily. He was the first casualty for this community.

He is survived by his parents and four sisters Eldine, Lucille, Wilma and Bertha.

A military escort accompanied the body in the herse through town from the church to the south part of town to its final resting place.

A military salute was fired and taps sounded and the flag presented to the mother. Appears in the paper dated 19 July 1948 
Family links: 
  Louis Achterhoff (1892 - 1966)
  Johanna W. Kraayenbrink Achterhoff (1897 - 1984)
  James Louis Achterhoff (1920 - 1943)
  Lucille Jane Achterhoff Lammers (1927 - 2007)*
*Calculated relationship
Valley View Cemetery
Rock Valley
Sioux County
Iowa, USA
Plot: South Section, Row 10
Maintained by: Mary Achterhof
Originally Created by: Nancy Kiel-Gravning
Record added: May 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69442890
James Louis Achterhoff
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James Louis Achterhoff
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Happy Birthday - forever a Seabee!
- Yeschke
 Added: Jul. 13, 2016
In Honor and Remembrance - never to be forgotten.
- Yeschke
 Added: Apr. 8, 2016
For though you are gone from our presence, you are here in essence, and this candle shines as a symbol of lives and loves remembered.
- Yeschke
 Added: Dec. 21, 2013
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