Raymond Frederick Wunnenberg
Born: 12 Mar 1912
Died: 12 May 1945 in Italy
Buried: in Loper Cemetery, Franklin Twsp, Des Moines Co, IA

Father: Otto Henry Wunnenberg
Mother: Anna M. Steffener


RITES SUNDAY — Last rites were held at the Baptist church
of Mediapolis Sunday for Raymond Frederick Wunnenberg,
who was killed when be fell from a balcony in north Italy on May
12, 1945.

Rev. E. Hickox officiated assisted by Rev. R. Woodard of Burlington.
Burial was in Loper Cemetery, near Sperry.  The American  Legion performed the funeral ritual at the graveside.

Wunnenberg was the eldest son of Otto and Anna Wunnenberg now of Mediapolis, and was born  near Sperry on March 12, 1912. He attended the Mediapolis  consolidated school and for a time  worked on farms in the vicinity of Mediapols and Sperry; On May 10, 1941, he entered the army, where he was assigned to the 133rd Infantry, 34th (Red Bull) division. He embarked for overall on Feb. 18, 1942, and served in the North African
and Italian campaigns. In December, 1944, he was granted a furlough, and made an extended visit to the United States. Later he returned to active service, and while at an encampment in Italy was injured in falling from the balcony of a building that had previously been occupied by Italian troops. He died a few hours after this accident, and was buried in an American military
cemetery in that area.

Wunnenberg had previously been awarded the purple heart for wounds received in action; the bronze star for heroic achievement in the vicinity of Isola Bells, Italy, on May 4, 1944; and the good conduct medal and the Infantry badge.

In addition to his parents Wunnenberg is survived  by the following brothers and sisters: Russell, Wayne, and Harry Wunnenberg, Burlington; Arthur and Leo Wunnenberg, Mediapolis; Mrs. Dorothy Chamberlain, Cheyenne, Wyo;
Mrs. Hilda Nyberg, Oakville; Mrs. Lillian Reiter, Oakpolis; Mrs. Shirley Taylor and Mrs. Aletha Dusenberg, Burlington; and  Mrs. Lucille Bonar and Mrs. Bertha Schenk, Yarmouth.

Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette | Burlington, Iowa | Tuesday, November 23, 1945 | Page 17

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WUNNENBERG—- Columbus Junction—The body of Staff Sergeant
Raymond Wunnenberg arrived in the United States Saturday aboard the USS Lawrence Victory. Wunnenberg died in Italy on March 12, 1945. A member of the Red Bull Division, he had entered servlce on May 1941.

Wunnenberg lived for a time with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schmidt at Columbus City. The Schmidts now live at Letts. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs.  Otto
Wunnenberg, who survive, as do 3 brothers, Leon, Russell and Henry Wunnenberg, and a sister, Dorothy Wunnenberg, all of Mediapolis.  

Sgt. Wunnenberg was awarded the bronze for heroic achievements in combat; combat infantry badge, good conduct medal and purple heart.  The body is at the Fry Funeral Home in Mediapolis

Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette | Burlington, Iowa | Tuesday, November 09, 1948 | Page 13

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Sgt. Wunnenberg Dies In Italy, Parents Learn
SGT. WUNNENBERG.
Columbus Junction — S/Sgt. Raymond F. Wunnenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wunnenberg, of Mediapolis, died in Italy May 12, 1945, a war department message to the parents revealed Wednesday.

The parents received a letter from, him which had been written May 9, just three days before his reported death. He did not refer to any injury or illness.
Sgt. Wunnenberg made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith of Columbus City, but formerly of Washington, for a number of years. They had a letter from him May 5 in which he expressed the hope that he would be home soon.

Sgt. Wunnenberg was home on a 30-day furlough in January this year and visited the Smiths. He was in the 34th Red Bull division with James K. Dvorak and other men from this area and brought a message to their parents. He was a holder of the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in combat, the combat infantry badge, the Purple Heart for wounds received in action and
the good conduct medal.

He enlisted in May, 1941. He has three brothers, Pfc. Leon and Pvt. Russell in service in Germany and Pfc. Henry in France and one sister, Pvt. Dorothy Wunnenberg in the Wacs at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Muscatine Journal And News Tribune May 31, 1945