Delbert Collinsworth, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Delbert Collinsworth
Private First Class, 11th Armored Division, 7th Army
Date of Birth: May 16, 1920
Date of Death: April 23, 1945
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (Kicklingen, Germany)
Date of Enlistment: August 14, 1944
Awards: Bronze Star
Hometown: Valparaiso

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Soldier Dies In Germany; One Wounded

A Valparaiso man died of wounds received in action in Germany; another Valparaiso soldier and a Chesterton man, both prisoners of war, have been liberated in the European area, and a Chesterton soldier was wounded in the Pacific.

This is the information received by next of kin from the War Dept.

Mrs. Pauline Collinsworth, 6 Dumas avenue, was apprized Friday that her husband Pfc. Delbert Collinsworth, had died of wounds received in Germany on April 23.

Collinsworth entered the service on Aug. 19, 1944, and was sent to Camp Hood, Texas, for infantry training. He went overseas on January 6 last with an armored infantry battalion of the 7th army.

The dead soldier was born in Letcher county, Ky., and came to Valparaiso when four years of age. He attended Columbia grade school and was a student at Valparaiso high school for two years. Later he attended the Fletcher Aircraft Corporation at Burbank, Calif., where he was called to service.

Surviving besides his wife are three children, Barbara Lee, 5; Beverly Ann, 3, and Delbert, one month old; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Collinsworth, Valapraiso, RFD 2; a brother, Leroy, of Westville, and a sister, Mrs. Ernest L. Hood, of Valparaiso, RFD 2.

Mrs. Rose Tomlinson, Hammond, formerly of Valparaiso, received official word Friday that her brother, Stanley Zywaneski, of Valparaiso, had been returned to military status and will arrive in the U. S. in the near future. Upon arrival he will be permitted to communicate with his relatives. Zywaneski had been a German prisoner since Feb. 17, 1943, when he was captured in North Africa.

Pfc. Victor Lorenz, of Chesterton, husband of Mildred Garrett Lorenz reported missing in action in Luxembourg on Dec. 20, 1944, and later reported a German prisoner and wounded, was returned to military control April 19, his wife has been advised. He is now in a hospital in the European area.

Cpl. Richard Skibbie, son of Mrs. Margaret Skibbie, of Chesterton, was wounded in the invasion of Okinawa island, his mother has been informed by the War Department. He suffered a bullet wound in the right shoulder.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; May 12, 1945; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 3


Awarded Son's Bronze Star Medal

THE BRONZE STAR medal which has been posthumously awarded P.F.C. Delbert Collinsworth, Armored Infantry, was presented to his mother (center), Mrs. Roy Collinsowrth, 6 Dumas Ave., Valparaiso, at a special ceremony last week at Fort Benjamin Harrison. The presentation was made by Captain Frank J. Luchowski, post adjutant. His wife, Pauline, is pictured above at left.

The citation was for "heroic achievement on 22 April 1945 at Kicklingen, Germany. When the enemy attacked an outpost in the vicinity of Kicklingen, Pvt. Collinsworth advanced to help the sentry in holding off the enemy. Outnumbered and wounded, Pvt. Collinsworth and the other soldiers were able to hold the position until help and reinforcements arrived. As a result of this heroic action, Pvt. Collinsworth was seriously wounded and later died of these wounds. His courage and devotion to duty will be a lasting inspiration to the members of the organization with which he served."

Pvt. Collinsworth was inducted into the army at Los Angeles, Calif., on August 19, 1944. He received his basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, and was shipped overseas, being located for a short while in France and then in Germany with the 12th Armored Division. He attended Valparaiso high school and the Fletcher Aircraft school in Burbank, Calif., and was employed three years with Lockheed Aircraft Corporation before entering the service. His death occurred on his father and mother's 26th wedding anniversary.

Pvt. Collinsworth's wife, Mrs. Pauline Collinsworth, accompanied her mother-in-law to Fort Harrison for the award. They have three children, Barbara Lee, six, Beverly Ann, three, and Delbert Eugene, who was only six days old when his father was killed.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; October 16, 1945; Volume 19, Page 1, Columns 2 and 3

Return Body Of War Hero
Plan Services Here For Pfc. Collinsworth, Former Resident

The body of Pfc. Delbert Collinsworth, Valparaiso man, killed in Germany April 23, 1945, while fighting with American forces, will be brought back to Valparaiso for reburial.

Mrs. Pauline Collinsworth, his widow, of Del Vista Drive, received a telegram Nov. 11 from the War Department, stating the body is now enroute from overseas.

It will probably be several weeks before the body arrives in Valparaiso for funeral services and burial in Memorial Park cemetery.

Pfc. Collinsworth was a member of the 11th Armored Division, 7th Army. He attended the Columbia grade school and Valparaiso high school before entering the Fletcher Aircraft school in California. Later he was employed in the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation mounting gun sights on P-38's.

Joining up with Uncle Sam's forces on Aug. 19, 1944, Pfc. Collinsworth went overseas on Jan. 6, 1945.

The decedent was a native of Letcher county, Ky., where he was born 25 years ago. When four years of age he came to Valparaiso with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Collinsworth, who reside at 6 Dumas avenue. Surviving besides his parents, are his widow; three children, Barbara Lee, Beverly Ann and Delbert Eugene, the latter being six days of age when his father was killed. Also surviving are a brother, Leroy, and sister, Mrs. Ernest Hood.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; November 16, 1948; Volume 22, Number 114, Page 3, Column 7

Collinsworth Memorial Changed To Wednesday

Memorial services for Pfc. Delbert Collinsworth, of this city, killed April 23, 1945, while fighting with American forces in Germany, scheduled for 2 p. m. Tuesday at the LePell funeral home, have been changed to 2 p. m. Wednesday with the Rev. Herman E. Meyer, of First Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery with Charles Pratt post, American Legion, in charge of committal services at the grave.

Friends may call at the LePell funeral home this evening and up until time of services.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 13, 1948; Volume 22, Number 136, Page 6, Column 3

Collinsworth Services Held Here Wednesday

Memorial services for Pfc. Delbert Collinsworth, of this city, whose body was returned from Europe, were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the LePell funeral home, 58 Monroe street, with the Rev. H. E. Meyer, of the First Baptist church, officiating, Miss Mae Brown played organ numbers.

Pallbearers were Earl Ward, Vernon Ward, Robert Murphy, Robert Beach, Philip Pfersick and Lee Lane. Burial was in Memorial Park cemetery, southwest of the city, where the American Legion was in charge of committal services.

Pfc. Collinsworth was killed April 23, 1945, while fighting with the American forces at Klicklingen, Germany.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 17, 1948; Volume 22, Number 140, Page 6, Column 2

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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