The November 1 deadline for the reduced cost of placing names on the Guthrie County Veterans Memorial Wall is rapidly approaching. Right now the cost is $30 but after November 1, the price increases to $60 per name.
Members of the Veterans Memorial committee plan to erect a new Veterans Memorial Wall to be placed on the Courthouse lawn in Guthrie Center to honor area veterans of all ages and branches of service. The wall will be placed next to the recently installed veterans memorial. Plans are to erect eight black granite slabs / walls which will contain the names of veterans who served the country during peace time or at times of wars or conflicts. Members of the National Guard and Reserves will also be listed.
The cement slab to hold the walls was installed this fall next to the veterans memorial.
Those eligible to be placed on the Memorial Wall are current or past residents or those who have any affiliation of Guthrie County. Friends or family members may request the veterans names be placed on the wall.
If the veteran is missing in action or killed in action, that will be noted. Otherwise, the wall will contain names only.
Applications for the memorial wall are available at: Bayard, Iowa Savings Bank and The News Gazette; Casey, Rolling Hills Bank; Jamaica, ToJo’s Bar and Grill; Guthrie Center, Guthrie County State Bank, Guthrie County Courthouse and Peoples Bank; Menlo, Menlo Café; Panora, Ben’s Five and Dime, Guthrie County State Bank and Panora State Bank; Stuart, First State Bank and Rolling Hills Bank, and Yale, Farmers State Bank.
Johnson Family Funeral Home is assisting with this project. Applications are available on the Johnson website: www.johnsonfamily funeral-home.com , near the bottom of the home page where it says “Memorial Wall”.
The application must be filled out and submitted along with a copy of the veterans DD214 or with any official military discharge paper work. County recorders have copies of the DD214. The only required information off that form is: name, years of service and honorable discharge. All other information including social security and service numbers or other information may be deleted.
Please indicate if you want the full name or just the middle initial. Send the information to: 2692 Wagon Road, Stuart, IA 50250.
Some older veteran families may need to contact the NARA website: www.archives.gov/ veterans/military-service-records/standardform-180.html. Local libraries may provide additional help as needed.
Service completed before WWI, National Archives Trust Fund (NATF) forms must be used to request the records. Obtain the forms by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact one of the committee members: Trudi Tam 641-757-0709, Mike Johnson 515-523-1200, or Ila Buker 641-755-2632.