The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Breaking News


September 27, 2013

“We Remained” and “We Won!”



It is amazing how their rag-tag organization developed over the years and sat in place, ready and waiting for MacArthur’s return.  In 1945, their guerrilla army would fight heroically with American forces, and it fit perfectly, because once the Japanese were put on the run, they too resorted to guerrilla tactics and had to be routed out of mountain caves and jungles. And Volckmann knew just where to look!

The Japanese were formidable adversaries who seldom gave quarter, but the guerrillas were able to find and exploit their weaknesses, which led to many successful attacks upon the enemy. Later, when communication with the outside world was gained, the troops under Volckmannn were ordered to back-off from frequent military attacks and work solely on organization and intelligence until MacArthur and his forces returned. The existence of his guerrilla forces and their intelligence was more valuable than just pestering “the Japs," as they were referred to throughout Volckmann’s book.


At the appointed time in 1944-45, submarines began dropping off supplies to Volckmann’s guerrillas, and coordinated plans were developed to retake the Philippines.  That assignment was fairly complete by July, 1945, and dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan ended WWII in August of that year.  There was still much to be done to return the islands to normalcy, and it took a long time; but Volckmann remained loyal and stayed to help the Filipinos  set up a free, safe, and independent country. 


Interestingly, while Volckmann was there helping to clean things up, his brother-in-law, John Stansberry, came looking for him in Manila, but they were unable hook up as all military men try to do. While there though, Stansberry was surprised to run into Bob Snell, who was on “R & R” in Manila. - Isn’t it a small world?!

Text Only
  • Rastrelli's Rastrelli's restaurant a cornerstone in Lyons District Pete Rastrelli (1900-1966) came here to work for Marcucci’s as a candy maker in 1926 after learning the trade at businesses like Curtis Candy Co. in Chicago.In Clinton, he met and married a nursing student named Ida Baldacci. Ida was an orphan from C

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 6-11-14 McEleney photo A closer look at the McEleneys' history Leo and Emmett McEleney started their business in 1914. Now, 100 years of service to the community has been accomplished. They started with Jeffery automobiles, and it was their mechanical prowess (Emmett) and business sense (Leo) which really helped

    June 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • St. Irenaeus Church marks 150 years Lyons was founded in 1835 by Elijah Buell. Just 13 years later, the Catholic parish of St. Irenaeus was organized by Father Cyril Jean, a French priest sent to Lyons by Bishop Matthew Loras who also presided at the first Mass in 1837. The first wood

    May 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Herrity history Picture showcases tower's fall You may have heard that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Well, this picture certainly is. History-lovers can often go on talking about some old photographs for a half-hour or more, and this is a fine example. Let's start with Sunday, July 27,

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-14-14 Longman service Clinton hero laid to rest

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill.-- After 70 years, Lt. Louis L. Longman, of Clinton, finally has been laid to rest with full military honors in the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. First Lt. Chaplin Jacob Grenier, of Muscatine, performed Catholic burial rite

    April 12, 2014 4 Photos

  • Drive-in theatre dominant Clinton's own drive-in theater Spring brings many thoughts, but taking the family out to see a big-screen movie at the Clinton Drive-In Theatre on Iowa 136 and North 16th Street is sadly no longer an option. Large families were thirsting for family activities after World War II.

    April 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Longmann 70 years in the making: WWII soldier to be honored Imagine three boys, orphaned in the midst of the Great Depression, moving from Minnesota to an adjacent state to live with extended family. How hard it would be to lose both parents and, then, have to move away and take up a new life in a strange tow

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dale Gardner astronaut collage Let's celebrate our successful people There are many famous and successful people who have called Clinton home. We need to celebrate their lives as well as all of their contributions. Recently, former astronaut Dale Gardner, 65, died. He and two other astronauts have connections with Cli

    March 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lyons photo for Herrity column HERRITY: Residents have pride in neighborhood

    To this day, thousands of Clintonians say, "I was born and raised in Lyons." Founder Elijah Buell first set foot on the banks of what would become Lyons, Iowa in 1835. He built a cabin, laid out a town, platted the community, raised a family, sold

    December 6, 2013 1 Photo

  • Dem Convention.jpg Famous Clinton Lawyers

    Clinton lawyers in our history are a group of hugely contributing citizens.

    September 27, 2013 1 Photo