Herbert Otto Wunnenberg
Born: 16 September 1895
Died: 7 Oct 1918 in France in action
Buried: in Latty Church Cemetery, Des Moines County, Iowa

Father: Fred Chris Wunnenberg
Mother: Anna Mary Reiman


Notes for Herbert Otto Wunnenberg

World War I draft registration card: Herbert Wunnenberg.
Home address: R.R.2, Sperry, Iowa.
Birth date 26 September 1895.
Natural born citizen.
Birth place: Sperry, Iowa.
Occupation: farmer.
Employer, Fred Wunnenberg, Sperry, Iowa.
Marriage status: single.
Requesting exemption: yes, needed on father's farm.
Height: medium.
Build: slender.
Eyes: Gray.
Hair: brown.
Date of registration: 6-5-1917.


Herbert Otto Wunnenberg died in action in World War I.
From the newspaper:
Bring Home Body of H. Wunnenberg. Young Hero Who Was Shot Through Lung In France Will Be Burried Here. Fred C. Wunnenberg of Sperry, Ia., received a telegram announcing the arrival of his son's body in Hoboken and the remains will be brought to Burlington and laid to rest. Private Herbert O. Wunnenberg was killed in France. It was the drive when the Yanks were pushing forward close on the heels of the retreating Hun. Private Wunnenberg was among the first. A bullet pierced his lung and he fell to the ground. When the ambulance drove up Private Wunnenberg stood on his feet despite the fact that he was fatally wounded, according to letters received by his father from the soldiers who were on the battlefield at the time. The young man was taken back to the hospital where he passed away, after battling for life for six days. He made the supreme sacrifice and died a hero. Private Wunnenberg was a member of Company 3, 139th infantry. When the body arrives here a military funeral will be arranged, and he will be laid to rest with full military honors.


Burlington Hawk Eye, 1918-11-10

Three young men, are the only the only Des Moines County men in the unit were thrown together by chance, coming from other generations. All were strangers but become fast friends. They are Newton T. Barns, son of F. Newton of Union township: Private Ed Otto, son of Mrs. Walter Otto, Kingston road north of the city and Private Herbert Wunnenberg, of near Sperry, Iowa. All are from the same, section of Des Moines county.
Private Otto is to be regarded as the D'Artagnon the three modern musketeers, for he is the only one of the trio that has passed through many days of fighting on the battle field and has emerged without injury. Private Herbert Wunnenberg has been wounded while Private Newton Barns suffered from mustard gas and has just been released from the hospital. Another feature of the incident is that the parents of the young men "back home" have become fast friends the friendship of the three over there, resulting in bringing the families together here. In a letter received this week from Private Ed. Otto, he tells of his experiences as follows:
"Dear Mother:—I suppose you were beginning to think that I was never going to write again, but I have not had the time or opportunity for over two weeks. I have surely had some experiences since I last wrote. I was in a five-day battle, beginning Sept. 26, and it certainly was a hot one. We drove the Germans' for ten or twelve miles in those five days and took a lot of prisoners. You have  probably heard what our division did in this battle.  I was under heavy fire for every hour of those five days and about the only thing that happened to me was my exhaustion from loss of sleep. I am feeling fine now. I never thought that I could stand what I have gone through. 
Newton Barns was gassed and Herbert Wunnenberg was wounded. I am the only one of the three Des Moines county boys in Company C, that has gotten by without a scratch, so I consider myself lucky and thank God that he has spared my life and has helped me so wonderfully in everything.
About three weeks ago, early in September I rode in a motor truck for fifteen hours. We probably traveled 100 miles. There were thirteen hundred trucks in the train.
With best wishes,
PRIVATE ED. OTTO
The train of motor trucks referred to which through its great size gives one an idea of the equipment of the American army in France, probably conveyed the division to the firing line from its billets near the port of debarkation.


Burlington Hawk Eye, 1918-12-14 Saturday
Sperry. la., Dec. 13. — Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wunnenberg received the official news Wednesday of the death of their son, Herbert, who died from wounds on October 5th. They had heard he was seriously wounded in action, but had never received any official information concerning the extent of his injuries. It had been four or five months since they heard from him, and the message comes as a hard blow to them. Herbert is the first boy from this community to lose his life while defending our country in France.


Burlington Hawk Eye, 1918-12-22 Sunday
Sperry Boy Who Fell Carrying America's Demands to the Boche at the Point of the Bayonet.

Fighting shoulder to shoulder with his comrades, always eager to near the front of the advancing troops, never wavering in the face of shell or machine gun fire, but always plunging onward determined to carry the demands of America to the Boche on the point of his bayonet: That was the bravery of Private Herbert Otto Wunnenberg of Sperry, Iowa, who fell wounded on a battlefield in France, to die later in a base hospital near the firing lines. Private Wunnenberg received mortal wounds while taking part in the last great allied drive. For five days he fought with his company driving the Germans back. His division had advanced twelve miles in the five days.

His death came at a moment before the Americans halted their advance, but he died secure in the belief that he had given his best in life to his country.
News of the death of the young man reached his parents, nearly a month after the signing of the armistice and was a severe blow to them. Private Wunnenberg, entered the service February 28, 1918, entraining for Camp Dodge on that day. He arrived overseas during the latter part of May. A month later he was on the firing line.

The young man was known in Burlington being employed at the West Burlington shops before entering the army. His parents, three brothers, one Private Vernon Wunnenberg serving in France survives him.