Bernard "Bonnie" Kirkes (Kerkez)

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  • Name: Bernard "Bonnie" Kirkes (Kerkez)
  • Location of Birth: Taconite, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 9, 1927
  • Date of Death: September 1, 1948
  • Parents: Simo (Sam) Kirkes & Dujka (Julia) (Atlogic) Kirkes
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  • Other Branch: Merchant Marines
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  • Date of Discharge: October 1946
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Bernard (none) Kerkes [sp]
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: December 9, 1927
    Birth Place: Taconite, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 3, 1946 [after discharge from original service]
    Employer: Merchant Marine
    Weight: 165
    Height: 5-8
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Black
    Other characteristic: Tattoo marks on both arms, Scar on right hip
    Next of Kin: Sam Kerkes [sp], father, Bovey, Minnesota

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Bernard Kirkes was employed by the Holman mine as a truck driver after completing his military service.

    Bernard died in Hibbing, Minnesota after suffering injuries in a light plane crash near Bovey. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Serbian section). He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Donald; and a sister, Ellen.

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