Bandstand Flag Notice
Lawrence W. Everett
November 2, 1920, June 28, 2019
United States Army Air Corps.
The flag flying over the bandstand during October is in honor of Lawrence Everett.
A Lacey High School 1938 graduate, Lawrence worked on the farm until beginning a two-year agriculture program at Iowa State College in 1940. While there he was in ROTC. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September 1942 and was called to active duty February 23, 1943. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served as a bombardier in a B-24. His crew received their B-24 in July at Hamilton Field (San Francisco). They left California and flew to Omaha, then, having telephoned Lawrence’s parents, circled their farm in Iowa twice, and dropped a note that was later found by a neighbor. They continued to Newfoundland, Iceland, and then on to England. He was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 458th Bomber Group, 753rd and then 755th Squadron, lead crew. He flew 29 missions and received the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Medal with 3 clusters, Air Lead Crew Commendation, and the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). The DFC was awarded for exceptional performance as Lead Bombardier on many missions over occupied territory and Germany. On one mission he recognized a navigation error of the wing lead bomber and convinced his bomber group commander of the error, resulting in saving that bomber group from intense anti-aircraft fire. Their crew was made the wing lead bomber the following mission, and their squadron dropped 83% of its bombs in a 500 ft. circle on the target. He returned to the U.S. for short assignments after V.E. Day and was inactivated in October 1945. He was promoted to Captain while in the inactive reserves.
Upon returning to Iowa, Lawrence enrolled at Iowa State College in the Farm Operation B.S. program and completed his degree in 1948. He and his new bride, Beverly, then moved to a farm owned by Lawrence’s mother near Lacey. They later moved to a nearby acreage and expanded their operation.
Throughout his lifetime, Lawrence was active with 4-H, the North Mahaska School Board, Lacey Methodist Church Board, Farm Bureau which included being the Mahaska County Farm Bureau President and a director on the State Farm Bureau Board. He also belonged to the Mahaska County Land Fill Commission, Mahaska County Hospital Board of Trustees (23 years), Ruritan, and the Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee.
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Frederick Owen Bridges
November 12, 1932 - April 26, 2019
United States Navy
The flag flying over the bandstand during September is in honor of Fred Bridges.
Following graduation from Lacey Consolidated High School in 1950, Fred entered the Navy Reserve Delayed Training Program. After turning 18, he was sworn into active duty on the 24th of December 1950. Upon finishing basic training and Class A School, he was ordered onboard the carrier, the U.S.S. Saipan CVL-48. In August 1942, the carrier was ordered into the Korean War. He served in that area until May 1954. In 1955, Fred received orders to the Frasron 119 Squadron at Sangley Point, Philippines for a two-year tour. And then he received orders to ATU-206 at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL; there he served six months temporary duty with the Blue Angles and also served at Whiting Field, Naval Air Station in NW Florida.
He received orders in 1959 to Heavy Attack Squadron One at N.A.S. Sandford, FL. In 1960, he received Aircrew Flight Training and received his Aircrewman Wings. During the six-year tour with VAH-1, he was deployed on five different carriers including three deployments to the Mediterranean during the Cold War Era, Bay of Pigs in 1961 and, Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. In 1966 he was on board the U.S.S. Independence CVA-62 to Vietnam.
November 1966, he received orders to Naval Air Tech Training Center in Memphis, TN. He taught Class-A School for two years. While in Memphis, he completed two years of mechanical engineering courses off-campus at Memphis State University. In November 1968, he received orders to the super-carrier, the U.S.S. Enterprise CVAN-65, serving as the Aircraft Dept. Maintenance Chief. From March through October 1970, Fred received temporary additional duty at the Naval Air Facility at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, serving as Aircraft Maintenance Chief. In April 1971, Chief Bridges retired with 22 years of Naval Service.
Robert R. Lynn
July 11, 1925 - December 26, 2018
United States Navy
The flag flying over the bandstand during August is in honor of Bob Lynn.
Bob enlisted in the Navy, April 11, 1943, and was stationed for 33 weeks at Central College in Fayette, MO for his early officer training. He then spent 18 weeks in Memphis, TN where he was in the Naval Air Technical Training Center. Cadet training followed for five weeks at Jacksonville, FL; he was commissioned on April 30, 1946, and discharged May 12, 1946.
Upon returning home, he enrolled at Iowa State College, graduating in 1949. After his graduation from Iowa State, he returned to Oskaloosa and joined the family poultry business. In 1975 the business was sold to ConAgra and Bob developed the business into a poultry sales branch covering seven states, and a refrigerated truck fleet serving 48 states.
Bob was a lifelong supporter of the Boy Scouts and shortly after coming back to Oskaloosa became Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 71. He served in many other capacities with the Boy Scouts, locally and statewide, being recognized with the Silver Beaver Award for his distinguished service.
He was known for the numerous organizations he participated in for his beloved community. Some of Bob’s work included the Oskaloosa Park Board, Water Board, Future View, Past President of Rotary, Daily Trust Fund and served as the mayor of Oskaloosa from 1982-1985. He was recognized as citizen of the year in 1991. He was also active in community development as part of the Fox Run Development as well as building several small starter homes and renovating the Rock Island Depot.
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Wendell E. Roach
May 6, 1930 - August 26, 1950
U.S. National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Army
Private, Company C, 5th Infantry Regiment, 7th Battalion
The flag flying over the bandstand during the month of December is in honor of Wendell Eugene Roach.
Pvt. Roach was born in Tracy and spent most of his life in Oskaloosa. He attended Oskaloosa High School and following his education operated a star mail route for Roy Warrick. He served in the National Guard for a year, the Marine Corps for a year and was discharged in February 1950.
Roach enlisted in the Army, May 8, 1950, and left for active duty at Fort Riley, KS where he took basic training. From there he was sent to Camp Stoneman, CA, for overseas shipment. After arriving in Hawaii, Roach attended a service school until he left for Korea on Aug. 12.
He arrived in Korea on Aug. 21 and wrote to his grandparents telling them not to worry. The letter arrived here on August 28 Ð two days after he was killed in action. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Roach and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ellis.
He was laid to rest in Forest Cemetery, August 29, 1950, with full military honors.
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Name: Ernest Lee Allgood
Birth and Death Dates: 10/12/1933 - 11/04/2016
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Highest Rank attained: E-5
The flag flying over the bandstand during the month of October is in honor of Ernest “Red” Allgood.
While at Oskaloosa High School, Ernie worked with plumbing, heating, and mechanical contractors. Soon after graduation in 1952 he enlisted in the Navy. He served for twelve years, from 1952 to 1964. During those years he was assigned to several ships including the USS Missouri, USS Walker, USS Bryce Canyon, USS Northampton and the USS Everal. While in the Navy he served in the boiler room, furthering his knowledge of in heating, plumbing, and mechanical areas.
Ernie resumed his career with H.G. Brown after his return from the Navy and worked for them until 1978. At that time he was hired as a superintendent for L.A. Fulton and Sons Plumbing and Heating Contractors out of Urbandale, Iowa. Ernie traveled around the state to hospitals, schools and other institutions supervising repairs and new construction. He was well thought of by his employers and his co-workers; he knew his trade well and always gave his all to his work. He retired in 1998.
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