Howard V. Youngmeyer
Howard Victor Youngmeyer, was born November 20, 1918, at Altona, Nebraska (near Wayne), son of Frank Lawrence Youngmeyer and Effie Christena Myer. Howard’s mother died of tuberculosis when he was only ten years old. Howard married Mabel Marie Fischer Youngmeyer, on July 2, 1941, at Alexandria, Louisiana. Marie was raised near Clear Lake, South Dakota, and met Howard while they were both working near Madison, Minnesota. Dad had joined the National Guard while he was working in Minnesota. His National Guard unit had been mobilized for World War II, and he and his unit were sent to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, for training. Marie went to Louisiana to marry her soldier. By the time Howard left for the war in Europe, Marie was pregnant with Howard V. Youngmeyer, Jr. who was born before his father returned from the war.Howard’s service took him to Algeria and Tunisia in North Africa, and he participated in the invasion of Italy at Salerno. He fought in the Battles of Monte Casino and Anzio. Howard was awarded several purple hearts and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on the battlefield. After the war, Howard worked for the U.S. Veterans Administration, where he held several positions in the Supply Service that purchased foodstuffs for all the VA hospitals. He made very good career progress with the VA, and was highly regarded for the work he did there.Although Howard’s formal education was only through the 8th grade, he was bright, always reading and learning, could fix almost anything, and taught his children so much. In retirement, Howard and Marie moved to Seminole, Florida, where they lived for many years.