Elmer Arnold Thompson

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  • Name: Elmer Arnold Thompson
  • Location of Birth: Roseau, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 24, 1915
  • Date of Death: January 5, 1972 (56 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: S 1 (Seaman First Class)
  • Branch: Coast Guard
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    Elmer's Registration Card indicates that he was 24 years old when he registered. His place of birth was Roseau, Minnesota and his date of birth was October 24, 1915. The person who would always know his address was his father, Frank Elmer Thompson and he was a farmer. Elmer lived in the Malung community in the Roseau, Minnesota area. His discharge date was September 5, 1945.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Born at Roseau, Minnesota, Elmer lived in the Malung community. He was later employed in Minneapolis and served with the Coast Guard during World War II.

    He was married to Grace G. Kautzmann on October 21, 1944 at Stamford, Connecticut. Following his service duty, the Thompsons returned to Roseau where he was employed by the Helgeson Furniture Company and Funeral Home for 6 1/2 years. The Thompsons came to Grand Rapids in 1952 and Elmer was then employed by the King Lumber Company. More recently, Elmer was self-employed in the installation of floor coverings for many of the Grand Rapids stores.

    Elmer was a member of the United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Surviving relatives include his wife, Grace; a daughter, Mrs. Cheryl Johnson; three sons, Rocklyn, serving with the United States Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea, Bryce, serving with the United States Air Force in Vietnam, and Terry; a sister, Mrs. Millicent Aronson; and two grandchildren.

    Elmer died at Itasca Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He is buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot

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