Erling "Bud" Albert Lange

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  • Name: Erling "Bud" Albert Lange
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 26, 1921
  • Date of Death: May 10, 1995 (73 years old)
  • Parents: Earl Lange and Ruth (Finnerud) Lange
  • High School and Class: 1939 - Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: T SGT (Technical Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: October 26, 1942
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: November 18, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Erling Albert Lange
    Race: White
    Age: 20
    Birth Date: May 26, 1921
    Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 16, 1942
    Employer: Hobert Iron Mining Co., Hibbing, Minnesota (location - Calumet, Minnesota)
    Weight: 180
    Height: 5-11
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Earl Lange, father, Calumet, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – April 13, 1945 – “ERLING LANGE RECOVERING FROM HEAD WOUND RECEIVED IN GERMANY - Mrs. Earl Lange received word that her son, Technical Sergeant Erling “Bud” Lange had received a wound in his head, but that he was making normal progress and would return to his outfit soon. Lange is somewhere in Germany and wrote that he will send home the Purple Heart awarded him. Erling’s father, Earl Lange, is with the Merchant Marines somewhere in the South Pacific, and his brother Paul is with the Army still in the States.”

    Bud served in Europe with the 66th Armored Infantry.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Bud was a lifelong resident of the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. He attended schools in the Greenway School District, graduating as valedictorian.

    He then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

    Bud worked several years for Itasca Tire in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and was co-owner and operator of Itasca TV and Appliance for many years. He also worked for Dairyland Electric in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, retiring in 1987.

    He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edith Grife and Ruth Adamson; and a brother Paul.

    Bud is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Cunningham; a son, Keith Lange; a sister, Dorothy Marsh; and two grandchildren.

    Bud died at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

    He is buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot 1.5.?.?)

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