Gerald Everette Bengston

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  • Name: Gerald Everette Bengston
  • Location of Birth: Buffalo Lake, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 8, 1912
  • Date of Death: April 1, 1962 (50 years old)
  • Parents: Enoch Bengston and Esther (Peterson) Bengston
  • High School and Class:
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: SSGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: January 20, 1942 (Enlistment Date)
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: August 23, 1945 (Discharge Date)
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Bronze Star Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    Gerald served with Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment.

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Gerald Everette Bengston
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 28
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: February 8, 1912
    Birth Place: Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: San Leandro, Alameda, California, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Registration Place: San Leandro, Alameda, California, USA
    Employer: Clarksburg Paper Company
    Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 150
    Complexion: Light
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Frank Robert Gorsuch (brother-in-law)

    Information in the United States, World War II Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954:
    Name: Gerald E. Bengston
    Gender: Male
    Race: White (includes Mexican) (White)
    Rank: Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student)
    Admission Age: 35
    Birth Date: About 1910
    Admission Date: June, 1945
    Discharge Date: July, 1945
    Discharge Place: General Hospital
    Military Branch: Infantry, General or Unspecified
    Military Unit: 0
    Diagnosis: Wound(s), penetrating (point of entrance only: includes incised, puncture or stab wound) with no nerve or artery involvement; location: lower lobe of right lung; Causative Agent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified)
    Type of Injury: Battle casualty; Injury Type 2: all battle casualties, and all battle injuries not intentionally inflected by self or another person
    Medical Treatment: Debridement (removal of all foreign matter and dead tissue) with primary suture, or suture and debridement
    Type of Discharge: Duty (includes AWOL)
    Length of Service: 3-5 years

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Gerald Bengston came to the Blackberry area in Itasca County, Minnesota to farm in 1921. He entered the United States Army in 1941 and served in the Pacific Theater where he saw widespread action and was wounded in the Okinawa campaign. He was discharged in 1945. Gerald was employed at West Hill and Tioga mines for the Western Mining Company after 1954.

    Military honors were provided by the VFW and American Legion. The Eagles provided an honorary escort.

    Survivors are three brothers, Alvin, Leonard, and Donald; three sisters, Mrs. W. Douglas, Mrs. Frank Gorsuch, and Mrs. William Dornig.

    Burial in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-21-1-1)

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