203 1st Ave NE, Waverly, IA 50677

Corporal Verlyn Carl Bruns

Corporal Verlyn Carl Bruns was born on June 14, 1946 in Waverly, IA and died January 11, 1970 in Vietnam.

Verlyn Carl Bruns entered the United States Army on May 6, 1969, in Camp Dodge, IA, served during the Vietnam War era and reached the rank of Corporal before being discharged on January 11, 1970 in Vietnam.

Verlyn Carl Bruns is buried at Harlington in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at Section A, Lot 20, Grave 3

  • Killed in Action: Yes
  • Wounded in Action: Yes
  • Died in Service: Yes

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Armed Forces Grave Registration

[Headstone reads: IOWA CPL 21 INF 196 LT INF BDE VIETNAM BSM PH. “There is a circle with a cross above the name.”]

Newspaper Articles

Chapel Nuptials

DENVER-Miss Lois Jane Kirchoff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Kirchoff, became the bride of Gerald A. Bruns, son of Mrs. Carl Bruns, Waverly, on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Rev. E. K. Schneider performed the ceremony in Peace Evangelical and Reformed Church.

Miss Audrey Bruns, Waverly, the groom’s sister, was maid of honor and Ernest Kirchoff, the bride’s brother, was best man. Ushers were Miss Joyce Pyer, Janesville, cousin of the bride and James Bruns, Waverly, the groom’s cousin. Mary Jo Fails, Waverly, the bride’s niece, was flower girl and Verlyn Bruns, Waverly, brother of the groom, was ringbearer.

After a brief wedding trip, the couple will be at home near Waverly. The groom is employed by the B and B Cooperative.

“Chapel Nuptials,” Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, IA), Oct. 25, 1954.

The Daily Record in Brief

Driver’s License Suspended

BRUNS, Verlyn Carl, 20 of Rt. 3, Waverly; habitual violator; 30 days.

“The Daily Record in Brief,” Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, IA), Mar. 19, 1967.

November Vows

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Foster, 436 Bratnober St., are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Shirley, to Verlyn Bruns, son of Mrs. Lucille Bruns of Waverly.

The bride-elect is a senior at East High School. Her fiance is employed at Carnation Co. in Waverly.

The couple plans a Nov. 10 wedding at 2 p.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church.

“November Vows,” Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, IA), Oct. 8, 1968.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruns Announce Vows

Announcement is being made of the Sunday wedding of Miss Shirley Foster and Verlyn Bruns. The Rev. Eugene Kramer officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony in the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Foster, 436 Bratnober St., and Mrs. Lucille Bruns of Waverly.

Attending her sister as matron of honor was Mrs. William Mettlin of Cedar Falls.

The best man was brother of the groom, Gerald Bruns of Waverly. Ushers were Norman Andorf of Waverly, brother-in-law of the bride, and Orlin Lewis, Cedar Falls, brother-in-law of the groom.

Mrs. Foster was in the 12th grade at East High School, and Mr. Foster is employed at the Carnation Company in Waverly, where they are making their home.

“Mr. and Mrs. Bruns Announce Vows,” Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, IA), Nov. 15, 1968.


In the announcement of the wedding of Miss Shirley Foster and Verlyn Bruns in Friday’s Courier it should have read Mrs. Bruns was a senior at East High School and Mr. Bruns is employed by the Carnation Company in Waverly.

“Correction,” Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, IA), Nov. 17, 1968.

Waverly Soldier Killed in Vietnam

WASHINGTON (AP) – The death in Vietnam of Army Pfc. Verlyn C. Bruns, 24, of Waverly, was announced Thursday by the Defense Department.

Bruns, whose wife, Shirley, lives in rural Waverly had been in the Army since last April and in Vietnam for about three months.

“Waverly Soldier Killed in Vietnam,” Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa City, IA), Jan. 16, 1970.

Waverly GI Killed In Vietnam

WAVERLY – Word has been received here of the death of Army PFC Verlyn Bruns, 23, of Waverly, who was killed in Vietnam Saturday, Jan. 10.

Services are pending at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Waverly. He is survived by his widow, Shirley, his mother, Mrs. Lucille Bruns, and a brother, Gerald, all of Waverly and two sisters, Mrs. Orlin Lewis of Dunkerton and Mrs. Jerry Baker of Yatkey, Hampshire, England.

Bruns entered the service in April 1968 and had been stationed in Vietnam for three months.

“Waverly GI Killed In Vietnam,” Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, IA), Jan. 16, 1970.

Waverly GI’s Mother Receives Army Medals

WAVERLY – Medals and badges awarded posthumously to Cpl. Verlyn Carl Bruns, who was killed in Vietnam Jan. 11, were received recently by his mother, Mrs. Lucille Bruns of rural Waverly.

The awards sent to her by Maj. Gen. Kenneth G. Wickham, adjutant general of the Army, included the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Prior to his death Bruns had received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and Campaign Medal, the expert badge with rifle bar, sharpshooters badge with machine gun bar and marksman badge with automatic rifle bar.

Bruns was killed while his unit was dug in for the night near the village of Cam An about 15 miles north of Tam Ky city in Quang Tri Province. The unit was hit by enemy forces.

Bruns entered the service on May 5, 1969, receiving his basic training [at] Fort Polk, La., and was sent to Vietnam on Oct. 11, 1969. He had been in Vietnam three months serving in a reconnaisance unit of the American Division.

“Waverly GI’s Mother Receives Army Medals,” Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, IA), Oct. 30, 1970.

Vietnam Virtual Wall Profile

Verlyn Carl Bruns
ON THE WALL: Panel W14 Line 25
Home of Record Waverly, IA
Date of birth: 06/14/1946
Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E3
Rank/Rate: Corporal
Note: Posthumous Promotion as indicated
ID No: 484606761
MOS/RATING: 11B10: Infantryman
Length Service: 00
Start Tour: 10/07/1969
Incident Date: 01/11/1970
Casualty Date: 01/11/1970
Age at Loss: 23
Location: Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds
URL: www.VirtualWall.org/db/BrunsVC01a.htm
Data accessed: 8/10/2014

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