Elmer Nicholas Korhonen

Army Badge
  • Name: Elmer Nicholas Korhonen
  • Location of Birth: Swan River, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 28, 1927
  • Date of Death: June 11, 2011 (84 years old)
  • Parents: Toivo and Lydia Korhonen
  • High School and Class: Warba, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: July 23, 1946
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: November 17, 1947
  • Place of Discharge: Camp Stoneman, California
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    July, 1946 November, 1946 11th Airborne Division, Fort Bliss, Texas
    November, 1946 October, 1947 11th Airborne Division, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Military Awards:
    World War II Victory Medal
    Army of Occupation Medal - Japan

  • Military Highlights:
    Per Elmer's son, Joel A. Korhonen

    Elmer's military occupation was truck driver light. He qualified as a parachutist and made 6 jumps. He had one event, where a guy got tangled in his chute lines, but it ended okay. He did see a fellow's chute not open. He was a sharpshooter with a M1 rifle and completed glider training.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Elmer served in the 11th Airborne Division following World War II. He was employed by Conoco and retired from the Billings Refinery in 1985 after 32 years of service. Elmer was an avid bowler and enjoyed camping, fishing, and horseshoes.

    Elmer's son has had a military marker placed on the Korhonen plot at Sago Cemetery in Swan River, Minnesota.

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