|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1893|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1931|
World War Vet Died Thursday – Alfred Jensen succumbed to affects of gas suffered at Belleau Wood – left wife and two children here.
Saw action in all the major battles fought by the American troops in France.
One of the aftermaths of the World War occurred last Thursday when Alfred Jensen, an Algona soldier boy, was called to his eternal rest. Mr. Jensen died of tuberculosis directly caused from the effects of gas suffered in the battle of Belleau Wood, October 13, 1918. He had been an invalid ever since and had been bedridden for the last two years being cared for by his faithful wife.
Gassed at Belleau Wood – Mr. Jensen enlisted shortly after war was declared in 1917 in Company F. 102 Infantry of the Twenty-Six division. He was sent to Camp Dodge and from there to Camp Cody, New Mexico. After serving about a year at Camp Cody his outfit was sent overseas where it participated in all of the major battles in which there were American troops. Mr. Jensen saw fighting at Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, Asine-Marne, St. Mihiel and Verdum. His division attacked Verdum on the last day of the war. The deceased spent about three months in the hospital in Nantes after being gassed and came home in March 1919 after serving nine months in France. He was discharged at Camp Dodge as physically fit, although later he testified on the witness stand that the doctors never even examined him. After his discharge he was sent to hospitals in Mason City, Des Moines, St. Louis, Kansas City and Fort Lyons, Colorado, but nothing could be done for him.
He took a two year vocational training course at Iowa State College in Ames where he graduated from an electrical engineering course in 1923. Mr. Jensen was a brave soldier and did his best under insurmountable obstacles to support his family and be a substantial citizen. His was a case of extreme patriotism as he enlisted while still a citizen of Denmark, the country of his birth. He was one of the many who has laid down his life for an adopted country without a thought of trying to keep out of danger because he was not compelled to enlist.
The sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved wife and little ones of this brave soldier. The Jensen family moved to Algona in November 1927.
Born in Denmark, Alfred P.C. Jensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, September 27, 1893, and died in Algona, Iowa, January 29, at the age of 38 years. He came to this country about 20 years ago and worked for his uncle, H.P. Christensen on a farm near Titonka. On January 1, 1920, he was united in marriage to Lydia J. Hill at Titonka. Two children were born to this union,, Richard six years and Dale four. Besides the wife and children, the deceased leaves to mourn his parents, three brothers and one sister whom all live in Denmark.
Military Funeral – Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Saturday in Algona with Rev. C.V. Hulse officiating. Burial was in the Titonka cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Hagg post of the American Legion and the pall bearers were from this post with members of the Titonka post as color guard and also furnishing a firing squad.
Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Christensen of Titonka; Mr. and Mrs. Ross Buffington of Wesley; Mr. and Mrs. E.V. Marshall of Mason City; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hickman of Mason City; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bohen of Mason City; Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Christensen of Rodman and Mr. and Mrs. William Larsen of Clinton
Lydia Jane Hill Dransfeldt (1899 - 1963)*
Richard E. Jensen (1925 - 1953)*
Dale Marvin Jensen (1926 - 1948)*
Buffalo Township Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 13, 2008
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