About This Place
Red Oak is a city in and the county seat of Montgomery County, Iowa, United States, located along the East Nishnabotna River. The population was 5,742 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 6,197 population in the 2000 census.
In the two bloodiest wars involving the United States, 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. 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). In the Battle of the Kasserine Pass in February 1943, forty-five soldiers from Red Oak alone were captured or killed. In recognition of Red Oak's extraordinary sacrifice, the city's name was given to a "victory ship". The SS Red Oak Victory has become a floating museum in the shipyard where it was built, in Richmond, California.
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).