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Maj Lawrence H. Herrick

Maj Lawrence H. Herrick

Birth
Death 5 Aug 1944 (aged 24)
France
Burial Letts, Louisa County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 7764860 · View Source
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Maj. Lawrence H. Herrick Is Killed Over France
A message has come to his wife in Columbus Junction that Major Lawrence Herrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herrick of Letts, was killed in action, presumably near Tours, France, Aug. 4, 1944. He was previously reported missing in action.

Major Herrick, a pilot of an army fighter plane, had been based in England for several months and had previously been based in France. According to last reports from him, he had completed 48 missions and more than 80 sorties.

Major Herrick was born Jan. 14, 1920, and was married Jan. 2, 1942 to Jeanette Helmick. He attended Letts High School, Muscatine Junior College and Iowa Wesleyan College, where he was a student when he entered the service in December 1940. He was commissioned at Craig Field, Ala., on Aug. 15, 1941, and his promotion to Captain came in September 1942. He was advanced to Major in February 1944, after he had gone overseas. He had been awarded the Air Medal and Five Oak Leaf clusters for "exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in bomber combat missions over Germany and enemy occupied Europe."

He is survived by his wife, the parents, two children, Larry Lanning and Richard James, the latter being born shortly before Maj. Herrick was reported missing; and two sisters, Mrs. Harriett Lewis of Muscatine and Miss Miriam Herrick, a student nurse at Mercy Hospital in Davenport. Clipping dated January 1945 - An Army Chaplain wrote Mrs. Herrick that her husband was buried by the villagers in the village of Indre Loire, France. The grave, the chaplain wrote, was marked by a black wooden cross and a portion of his plane. [Death dates vary from Aug. 4, 5, and 6 in different news articles] A memorial service was held the Sunday before Feb. 4, 1945 at the Methodist Church in Letts.

Note: An article in the Dec. 18, 1945 Muscatine Journal reports that Herrick received the following awards posthumously: Air Medal with two Silver and one Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. The decorations were presented to his wife, Mrs. Anna Jeanette Herrick, at the home of Maj. Herrick's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herrick of Letts.

Major Lawrence Herrick was killed on August 05, 1944 in the explosion in flight of his P-38 Lighting near a farm named "Belair" close


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
  • Added: 15 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7764860
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Lawrence H. Herrick (14 Jan 1920–5 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7764860, citing Lettsville Cemetery, Letts, Louisa County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .