Red Oak, Iowa

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Red Oak is a city in Montgomery County, Iowa, United States, along the East Nishnabotna River. The population was 6,197 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Montgomery County[1].



In the two bloodiest wars involving this nation, Red Oak paid a particularly high price. In the American Civil War, the area provided more Union troops per capita than any other in the state.[2] Early World War II battles claimed a disproportionate number of soldiers from Red Oak (although the final casualty statistics tend to disprove the oft-repeated statement that Red Oak suffered more losses per capita than any other American community).[2][3][4] In the Battle of the Kasserine Pass in February 1943, forty-five soldiers from Red Oak alone were captured or killed.[5] In recognition of Red Oak's extraordinary sacrifice, the city's name was given to a "victory ship".[6] The SS Red Oak Victory has become a floating museum in the shipyard where it was built, in Richmond, California.[6]


Red Oak is located at 41°0′42″N 95°13′38″W / 41.01167°N 95.22722°W / 41.01167; -95.22722 (41.011681, -95.227227)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.60%) is water.

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