WWII Gold Star soldier: Kenneth Kreutner

Hannah Haack, Intern, Story City Historical Society
Special to the Herald
Kenneth Kreutner was killed Oct. 10, 1944, in a plane crash.

​There were 403 people from Story City who served in the military during World War II. Of those, 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 Kenneth Kreutner, who died in Missouri on Oct. 10, 1944.

Kenneth was born in Story City on March 8, 1924. He attended Story City High School and graduated in 1942.

In the summer of 1942, Kenneth enlisted in the Air Corps of the United States Army. On March 8, 1943, he was called into service and received his wings and officer’s commission in Yuma, Arizona, in December 1943. Kenneth was the youngest from Story City to receive a commission. He also received training in Twenty-nine Palms, California, Pecos, Texas, Columbia, South Carolina, and Syracuse, New York, before being transferred to Malden Air Field in Malden, Missouri. On Oct. 10, 1944, Kenneth was killed after his plane collided with another plane during flight training.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 14 at St. Petri Church. The stores of Story City closed during the funeral as a tribute. Lieutenant Kreutner is buried in the Story City Cemetery.

​Kenneth was the son of Henry and Bessie Kreutner who lived in Story City. Besides his parents, he left behind brothers Harlan and LaVerne, and sister Bernadine, as well as numerous family and friends that mourned his death. Harlan and LaVerne were also in the service, serving in the Navy and Army Air Corps, respectively.

As we remember Kenneth Kreutner 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.