Earl John Trunt

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  • Name: Earl John Trunt
  • Location of Birth: Albertville, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 25, 1917
  • Date of Death: December 5, 2005 (88 years old)
  • Parents: William Trunt and Appolona (Lehn) Trunt
  • High School and Class: finished 11th grade
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: MAJ (Major)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: August 11, 1940
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Missoula, Montana
  • Date of Discharge: December 27, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    August, 1940 August, 1940 Fort Missoula, Montana
    August, 1940 September, 1942 Camp Fort San Luis Obispo, California
    September, 1942 October, 1942 Fort Washington, Maryland
    October, 1942 December, 1942 Pentagon - Special Assignment on Pentagon Efficiency
    December, 1942 February, 1943 Fort Washington, Maryland
    February, 1943 November, 1943 Headquarters Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Administration School, Conway, Arkansas
    November, 1943 January, 1944 Camp Reynolds, Greenville, Pennsylvania
    January, 1944 April, 1944 Camp Patrick Henry, Lee Hall, Virginia
    April, 1944 October, 1945 Camp Atterbury, Teheran, Iran
    October, 1945 December, 1945 Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
    December 31, 1960 Served in the Reserves until December 31, 1960
  • Military Awards:
    American Defense Medal and Ribbon
    American Campaign Medal
    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
    World War II Victory Medal
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    Sharpshooter's Badge with Carbine Bar Medal
    Letter of Commendation from Brigadier General H. C. Holdridge, Fort Washington on January 4, 1943

  • Military Highlights:
    Earl was sworn in at Fort Missoula, Montana and was then sent to Fort San Luis Obispo, California.

    Earl was discharged on December 27, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin and then joined the Army Reserves until December 31, 1960.

    Earl decided to join the United States Army in 1940. Jobs were hard to come by then so he thought it was a good move. He had made it to the 11th grade in high school, which was an accomplishment back then as most people only went up to the 8th grade as a rule. Earl advanced rapidly making Sergeant in 17 months. He then went onto Officer Training School and became a 2nd Lieutenant. He was on special assignment at the newly built Pentagon to look into improving the efficiency and movement of Army paperwork. He then went to Arkansas as an instructor for the Army Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. After that he was sent to be a Base Adjutant in Teheran, Iran. There he worked on the "Russian Supply Line". He was discharged from active duty after the war but then joined the Army Reserves and rose to the rank of Major.


  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean Conflict

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Earl was united in marriage to Mary Novacek on May 7, 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    They owned and operated Midwest Floor Covering from 1946 until 1965 when they moved to Swan River, Minnesota where he was self-employed as a logger, rural mail carrier, and farmer. Earl was an avid reader and sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.

    Earl was a member of the Truman-Blakesley American Legion Post #432.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Theodore; and one sister, Beatrice Murray.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Joan (Kazuo) Kuriyagawa and Renee' (Michael Davis) Trunt; two sons, Leo (Edna) and Dennis (Jackie); one sister, Irene Pierce; one brother, Luke (Thelma) Trunt; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Earl died at his home and is buried in Sago Cemetery at Swan River, Minnesota

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