New Hampton Loses Long-Time WWII Vet

New Hampton, Iowa New Hampton has lost one of its last World War II veterans.  

Ray Schwickerath died at 93 last Friday. Schwickerath served in the 161st Infantry Regiment of the Tropic Lightning  25th Infantry Division from December 1943 to March 1946. His unit took part in the liberation of the Philippines.

He earned the purple heart when he was wounded in March 1945 on the island of Luzon.

Schwickerath started New Hampton Freight, known today as New Hampton Transfer and Storage.