Marine Corp Badge
  • Name: Bruce Rodney King
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 25, 1916
  • Date of Death: January 9, 2002
  • Parents: Alexander King, Sr. & Marietta (Murray) King
  • High School and Class: 1934 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: CAPT (Captain)
  • Branch: Marine Corp
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: June 30, 1941
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: January 28, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Wisconsin
    Name: Bruce Rodney King
    Race: White
    Age: 24
    Birth Date: August 25, 1916
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota
    Residence Place: Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Wisconsin Telephone Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Weight: 145
    Height: 5-10
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Alexander King, father, Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article - The Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota - 1944 – "Bruce King, who was not long ago promoted from first lieutenant to captain in the army, writes this letter “home” to The Iron News. Bruce is the second son of Mrs. Alexander King of Hot Springs, Ark., but for many years the family resided in Coleraine when the late Alexander King was superintendent for the Oliver Iron Mining Co. “Dear Dad Lammon: Again one of those pesky requests for change of address. The current version is - - - -. We seem to be chased back and forth quite a bit. It must be something of a pain in the neck to you. For us, it remains a pleasure to get a firsthand account of what the home folks are doing – both at home and elsewhere in the world. Now that I’ve left Edenton, I’ll have no more contact with a ‘native’. Doris Clifford and I used to have a rather frequent chin session to compare notes on mutual friends. Well, how do you think the elections will go? We have been rather appalled at the coup de main our friend, Joe Ball, pulled last week. It seems to me that he is distinctly out of step with the general views of his constituents, and that he ought to have that forcibly brought to his attention. The war is in a very interesting phase. Doubly so for me since I’ve stopped training others for combat and have started training myself. Probably not too many more weeks will see me moving out to action. My regards to Mrs. Buck. Sincerely, Bruce King.”

    Newspaper article - The Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota - December 1944 – "Capt. Bruce King said his Christmas box was “packed with thrills . . . the crowning touch came in the sprigs of evergreen and the snapshots of old familiar places, a capital idea. I had begun to forget the beautiful park, filled with clean, drifting snow, and the Roxy, where we used to meet – Jim Jennings, Jim Phillips, Bill Barnidge, Phil Toms, Bud Olin and all the rest”


  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Bruce King retired from Mack Truck as Regional Manager.

    Bruce died in Camden, South Carolina and is buried in Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina. He is survived by his wife Flo O’Connor King; his son, Dr. Richard D. King; and his brother Ted King. He was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers.

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