WELLS, JOSEPH BRIGGS, Staff Sergeant, # 6934111, USAAF
Joseph B. Wells was born 6 August 1920 in Boone, Boone County, Iowa, to Harry Osmond Wells (1891-1953) and Ida (Jacoby) Guider nee Jacobs nee Wells (1896- 1950). He had siblings, including Harry O. Wells (1916-1993) and Dorathea Elizabeth (Wells) Hindorff (1915-1967), and half-sibiblings, Janette Jacobs (1914- ), Violette Guider (1914-1996) and Lois Elaine (Guider) Dodd (1924-2000). He graduated from Boone High School and attended the University of Iowa.
He enlisted 28 September 1939 at Fort Crook, Nebraska. In 1940 he was noted in the 1940 census as a Private attending a USAAF technical school in Denver, Colorado. After training, beginning 21 November 1941, he served as an armorer-gunner on the B-25J Liberator downed by enemy aircraft fire on 1 December 1943, assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron, 10th Air Force, after bombing the railway yards and shops at Insein, Burma. He parachuted safely but was captured and a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment, Burma. He had shrapnel wounds and a bullet wound through his thigh and suffered back injury upon landing. He was captured and held as a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment, Burma. He was rescued from the POW prison in May, 1945, and was hospitalized to recover. He returned to the U.S. on 7 July 1945. He was honorably discharged 17 January 1946. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
Lois Elaine Guider served during WW II as a nurse. When she registered to serve she lived at 402 Center St., Ionia, Michigan. Her DOB was 6 February 1924 and she was originally admitted to school 11 September 1944 and became a nursing member 4 October 1944.
His father registered on 27 April 1942 for the WW II draft, giving his age as 50, born on 1 September 1891 in Buchanan Co., Michigan, residence as 503 Clinton Street, Boone, Iowa, and described himself as 5’6”, 188 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.
He was the post-master of Boone, Iowa, until he retired in 1981. He died 14 January 2005 and is buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri. He was survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
15 January 1929 - The Courier (Waterloo, IA) - W. A. Kirk, 111 Grant Ave., went to New York to take charge of the body of Mrs. Kirk's brother, Harry O. Wells, 43, who died there Sunday morning.