Dale Claus Heuer, son of Walter and Wilma Heuer, was born on July 31, 1923, in Walcott Iowa.1 He had two brothers and a sister. His father was a farmer.2 He was a veteran of WWII, enlisting in April 1943. He was deployed with company A, 193rd Glider Infantry, 17th AB Division in August of 1944. In January 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge, Dale was wounded in combat. He was admitted to a hospital for a wound to his shoulder and a foreign body in his eye. He was treated with penicillin therapy and by removal of the foreign body from his eye.3 He was discharged from the hospital in March. He was later awarded the Purple Heart and earned two Bronze Stars for his courage during battle. In July 1945, Dale’s overseas service ended and he returned home to Iowa. He was discharged on Christmas Eve that year.4
Upon his return, Dale married Margaret Ada Rounds in 1952. They had two children, Connie and Craig. After 55 years as a self-employed painting contractor, Dale Heuer Painting, Dale retired. One of Dale’s favorite pastimes was golf. He was a member of the Wahkonsa Country Club. Dale was quite the golfer, achieving a hole-in-one, as well as being named club champion at Wahkonsa Country Club.
Dale’s service to his country and community did not end after WWII. His efforts and participation in the Walcott American Legion and the Davenport Elks gave back to the community and provided mentorship to the town’s youth. Dale’s efforts in both our military and the community was truly remarkable and his memory lives on with his family. Those left to honor Dale’s memory were his wife Margaret, his daughter Connie, as well as his son-in-law, Rick.