Army Badge
  • Name: George William Koski
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 7, 1916
  • Date of Death: July 26, 1994
  • Parents: Matt Koski & Henrika (Wiiltala) Koski
  • High School and Class: 1934 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota - bachelor's degree in music
    Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York - master's & doctor in music education
  • Highest Rank: MAJOR
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: July 22, 1941
  • Place Sworn In: Portland Airbase, Portland, Oregon
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Oregon
    Name: Yrjo William Koski
    Race: White
    Age: 24
    Birth Date: June 7, 1916
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota
    Residence Place: Salem, Oregon, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: American Lutheran Church, Salem, Oregon
    Weight: 185
    Height: 6
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Ytle Golda Harbaugh, Salem, Oregon

    WW II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: George W. Koski
    Birth Year: 1916
    Race: White, citizen
    Nativity State or country: Minnesota
    State of Residence: Oregon
    County or City: Marion
    Enlistment Date: July 22, 1941
    Enlistment State: Oregon
    Enlistment City: Portland Airbase
    Branch: Air Corps
    Branch Code: Air Corps
    Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life
    Education: 3 years of college
    Civil Occupation: Stenographers & typists
    Marital status: Single, without dependents
    Height: 70
    Weight: 186

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    George Koski married Golda Lewman in 1942. He was a professor of music and an accomplished pianist and organist. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, his master’s in music education and doctor in music education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, NY. He also studied symphony conducting at New York City Center. In 1949 he started the Department of Music at Samford University (formerly Howard College), Birmingham, Alabama. The Department was granted full membership in the National Association of Schools of Music in 1956, with Mr. Koski as chairman of the Department. One of his interesting accomplishments was the introduction of the famous St. Olaf choral music style to a southern college. His a capella choir made a highly successful European tour in 1965. He also trained choruses to perform with the Birmingham Symphony and served churches as choirmaster. He was active in civic organizations in Birmingham including the Symphony, Music Club, Downtown Improvement Committee, and the MCA.

    George died in Fort Worth, Texas and is buried in Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Golda; daughter Joryn; and two sisters, Alma Hattula and Saima Mitchell. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Waino, Eddie, and Swan; and one sister, Allie.

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