Monty Joe Boitnott

April 12, 2014

Service Details

Born April 23, 1921 to Berta and George Boitnott in Maxwell, Iowa, Joe completed his journey on earth at VA Hospital in Des Moines on April 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gwen (Hugh) Lint of Maxwell, Iowa, and Virginia (Hugh) Fertig of Collins, Iowa and long-time companion, Elna Saunders of Marshalltown, Iowa. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

While attending North High School he joined the Iowa National Guard. With the start of WWII he was activated in the Army 34th Division as an infantryman, making three amphibious landings in North Africa and Italy. In 1944 he was transferred to the Army Air Force and flew as a tail gunner for B-17 Aircraft, serving until victory in Europe. He served in a support unit in the Korean War. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1973.

Joe participated in Oliver North’s war Stories, the BBC’s Lost Evidence, and a segment in the WWII Museum in New Orleans. He was proud to be an Honoree and attend the dedication of the WWII Monument in Washington, D.C. on May 29, 2004.

A special thank you to Dr. Benjamin and the entire staff at CLC2 for the loving care and support of Uncle Joe.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be directed to The 34th Division Association, The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, 7105 N.W. 70th Avenue, Johnston, Iowa 50131. Online condolences may be expressed at

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Burial with military honors will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa 2:00 p.m.