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Clifford Orville Branstad




  • Robert Hunter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 47th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 47th Bomb Group
  • 84th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Thompson, Iowa 23 April 1924
Lived in Thompson, Iowa 30 June 1942
Enlisted Des Moines, Iowa 20 November 1942
Died Lake Mills, Iowa 10 November 2014

Clifford Branstad 90, of Thompson died November 10, 2014 at the Lake Mills Care Center, Lake Mills, Iowa.

Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 P.M Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, Iowa with Pastor Lynn Noel officiating.

Private family burial at Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites by the Leland V.F.W. #6161 will follow the service. Family requests memorials be may be given to the charity of your choice.

Clifford was born in Newton Township, Winnebago County on April 23, 1924, the son of Philip A. G. and Lydia (Siekmeier) Branstad. He attended local schools and graduated from Thompson High School. He married Grace Martin of Northwood, Iowa. Five children were born to this union- Jean, Janet, Philip, Michael and James.

He entered the Air force in 1943 flying 41 bombing missions over Germany, North Africa and Italy after which he flew himself back to the United States. After discharge he attended and graduated from the University of Iowa. He started farming in the Thompson area in 1951. He also served 18 years in the Iowa Legislature.

Buried Thompson, Iowa 13 November 2014

Rose Hill Cemetery
Thompson, Winnebago County, Iowa, US


Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 00:42:44 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations