Earl John Berkeland

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  • Name: Earl John Berkeland
  • Location of Birth: Esterville, Iowa
  • Date of Birth: February 17, 1921
  • Date of Death: July 28, 1985 (64 years old)
  • Parents: Otto Berkeland and Sophie (Madsen) Berkeland
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  • Highest Rank: LT JG (Lieutenant Junior Grade)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: December 14, 1942 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: February 2, 1946 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Earl John Berkeland
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 20
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: February 17, 1921
    Birth Place: Emmetsburg, Iowa, USA
    Residence Place: Culver, Saint Louis, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 14, 1942
    Registration Place: Culver, Saint Louis, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Diamond Calk Horse Shoe Company
    Complexion: Light
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Next of Kin: O. J. Berkeland

    Information in the United States, World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949:
    Name: Earl John Berkeland
    Ship, Station, or Activity: Rockford
    Ship Number or Designation: PF-48
    Muster Date: June 25, 1944

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Earl moved to Minnesota when he was young. He grew up in Alborn, Minnesota. He married Katherine Doran on March 25, 1944. They lived in Grand Rapids, Floodwood and for the last 11 years in Blackberry, Minnesota. He worked for 25 years for The Grand Rapids Herald-Review as a compositor.

    He was a member of Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Eagles Club of Palestine, Illinois, International Typographical Union and Minnesota Forest Association.

    Survivors are his wife, Katherine; two sons Joseph and Jim; a daughter Mary Katherine May; a brother, Howard; and five grandchildren.

    Buried In Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-C-06-0-8)

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