Army Badge
  • Name: George Gerald Mattfield
  • Location of Birth: Frazee, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 2, 1918
  • Date of Death: March 15, 1977
  • Parents: Fred Mattfield & Olga (Panter) Mattfield
  • High School and Class:
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: April 12, 1942
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: January 5, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    1942 Sheppard Field, Texas
    1942 Brookley Field, Alabama
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: George Gerald Mattfield
    Race: White
    Age: 22
    Birth Date: February 2, 1918
    Birth Place: Frazee, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Oliver Iron Co., Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 170
    Height: 6-6
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Next of Kin: Fred Herman Mattfield, father, Rt. 1, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – June 12, 1942 – “Hello Folks: It sure feels good to hear from you folks back home. I left Sheppard Field, Texas, and I am now in Brookley Field, Alabama. It’s nice down here now that the flowers are all in bloom. The temperature is usually around 100 to 110 degrees. I wish I could enjoy some of that snow you’ve been having up there. Forgive me for not answering sooner. Private George Mattfield, 5th Sta. Compl. Brookley Field, Alabama.”

    Newspaper article: 1944 – “Cpl. George Mattfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mattfield of Trout Lake Township, is at home on a 21-day furlough from Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, where he has been for 25 months. Cpl. Mattfield suggests that anyone from Minnesota who is at Kelly Field contact him. He is a technical supply clerk and likes his job immensely. Mattfield and his brother Arthur, overseas for a long time, are well remembered in the range towns where they enlivened many programs with their instrumental music, and Cpl. Mattfield still plays and sings, though it is done to keep up the morale of the boys at Kelly Field.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    George Mattfield married Eleanor Gravelle in 1948 in Minnesota. He had been a long time area resident. He was a retired maintenance mechanic for U.S. Steel Mining Co. He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church of Bovey, Minnesota where he served as elder for many years.

    George died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 122). He is survived by his wife Eleanor; six daughters, Patricia Paugh, Vicki Nisben, Shirley Sampson, Barbara Snook, Lindee Mattfield, and Wendy Mattfield; one son, Larry Mattfield; one brother, Arthur Mattfield; four sisters, Dorothy Modrow, Marjorie Menson, Ivadell Riehle, and Lorraine Watkins; his mother, Olga Mattfield; and seven grandchildren.

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