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Vandan A Nicholas

Male 1916 - 1944  (28 years)


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  • Name Vandan A Nicholas 
    Born 24 Mar 1916  Forest City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jul 1944  MIA St. Lo, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried His whereabouts is known only to God Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I411  Thompson
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2005 

    Father Abijah Julius Conrad Nicholas,   b. 03 Jun 1882, Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1958, Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Mamie Jane Hiddleson,   b. 04 Feb 1889, Hastings, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1943, Rippey, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 06 Aug 1906  Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Vandan Nicholas
    Vandan Nicholas
    Vandan as a teenager.
    Vandan Nicholas
    Vandan Nicholas
    Vandan Nicholas
    Paul, Donald & Vandan Nicholas
    Paul, Donald & Vandan Nicholas
    Left to right: Paul, Donald & Vandan Nicholas, taken in 1942.
    Vandan & Paul Nicholas
    Vandan & Paul Nicholas
    Taken 1942.
    Vandan Nicholas
    Vandan Nicholas
    In the Army, taken in 1944.

    Headstones
    Nicholas, Vandan A
    Nicholas, Vandan A
    Son, In Memory, Sgt. Vandan A., Co. C 899 TD BN, Lost in Action, St. Lo France, 1916 - 1944.

  • Notes 
    • Born south of Forest City, Iowa.

      Served in the U.S. Army in 1941-42 and 1944 in Africa, Italy and Europe.

      He was declared Missing in Action in St. Lo France.

      Never married.

      No Children.

      Kay (Nicholas) Shiery wrote:
      "When Uncle Van was declared Missing in Action at St. Lo, France the whole family was devestated. I can remember when he was declared officially dead, my father, aunts and Grandpa cried and cried. I was 6 years old. Uncle Van has always been my hero".

      Kay (Nicholas) Shiery wrote 12 Aug 2005:
      I also have copies of two letters from the War Department and Army Services Forces a year after my Uncle Vandan (Nicholas) was declared MIA.....these two letters are dated a year after his MIA status was
      claimed and they make official death. My aunt could not find the letter stating he was MIA....although she said there were two officers who come to the bank she was working at Rippey, Iowa....and asked for directions to Abijah Nicholas' residence. Aunt Marjorie heard them and said she knew why they were there and took the information from them. She then went to Grandpa's house to tell him. (Grandma was deceased at that time).


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