WWII Gold Star soldier: Hubert Egenes
There were 403 people from Story City who served in the military during World War II. Of those 403, 15 men lost their lives while in service. The Story City Historical Society is paying tribute to these 15 soldiers in the Herald near the anniversary of their death. The Gold Star soldier we are honoring today is Hubert Egenes, who died in France on March 28, 1944.
Hubert Egenes was born in Story City, on June 10, 1918. He attended Story City High School, and graduated in 1935. He then attended Iowa State College for four years and received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 1939.
In February 1940, Hubert reported to Army Cadet Training School in Glendale, California. He graduated from the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelley Field, Texas, in October 1940. Hubert was then sent overseas and served in Australia and Papua New Guinea before returning home for stateside service in November 1942.
By this time, he had flown 125 operational hours and engaged in 83 missions and had been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. On Dec. 13 Hubert was married to Charlotte Ann Boyle at Daytona Beach. In September 1943 Hubert sent a telegram to his father that he would be bringing a large formation of planes to Des Moines. During this trip, the group flew over Story City.
Hubert was then sent to England in late 1943, where he ran bombing missions over Germany. On March 28, 1944, Hubert was reported as missing in action when his plane went down over France, and it was later determined that he had died on this day. Lieutenant-Colonel Egenes was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.
A memorial service was held for Hubert at Grace Church on Jan. 25, 1945. A large crowd was in attendance, the main floor and the gallery were filled and an overflow crowd heard the service over a loud speaker extension in the basement. He is buried in Story City Cemetery, Story City.
Hubert was the son of Iver and Anna Egenes, who lived in Story City. Besides his parents, Hubert left behind a wife, Ann, a sister, Dorothy Ann, a brother, John, and numerous other family and friends that mourned his death.
As we remember Hubert Egenes and all of our Gold Star soldiers throughout this year, let us not forget that they gave their all for liberty and peace. To learn more about all of the Story City WWII veterans, visit the historical society's website at storycityhistory.org.