Gerald "Jerry" Eugene Garner

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  • Name: Gerald "Jerry" Eugene Garner
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 30, 1920
  • Date of Death: October 31, 1944 (23 years old)
  • Parents: Elph Garner and Jennie (Tucker) Garner
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  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: November 15, 1943 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: October 31, 1944
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    Gerald served in the Minnesota Corps of Engineers, Company C, 329th Engineers Battalion.

    Information from World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Gerald Eugene Garner
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: December 30, 1920
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota
    Residence Place: Kent, King County, Washington, USA
    Registration Date: February 15, 1942
    Registration Place: Washington, USA
    Employer: Boeing Aircraft Company
    Weight: 200
    Complexion: Light Brown
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: William Anwiller (Anwiler)

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Killed In Action

  • Civilian Life:
    Information from news article in The Itasca Iron News, dated November 20, 1947:

    All the business places were closed from 2-3 Monday afternoon when military funeral services were held for Sergeant Gerald E. Garner. Sgt. Garner was a World War II deceased member of the Armed Forces from Bovey, Minnesota.

    The body was scheduled to arrive here Friday morning, but due to some mistake in arrangements did not arrive until Saturday. The remains were met at the depot by a delegation from the Johnson-Hodgins Post No. 4016, which acted as an escort to Peterson's Chapel in Coleraine, Minnesota.

    Chaplain Frederick Von Husen officiated. Pall bearers were Alex J. Hannula, Wilber Maki, Jack Jacobson, Carl Sundquist, Douglas Deal and James H. MacNeil. Honorary pallbearers were Orian Bjeldanes, Louis Perry, George Paul, LeRoy Rost, Ernest Rost, Dale Guyer, and Harlan Waters. George Bibich and Joe Gareri acted as Color bearers and Herbert Maves and Dean Herdman were color guards. Edward Anderson acted as bugler and those on the firing squad were Earl Freeman, Fred Trebnick, Leslie Walters, Mike Bibich, George Pavlica, Wilbur Johnson, Nick Zobenica and Robert Dargan.

    Jerry was an outstanding, popular young man who had many friends. He made a handsome, gallant soldier whom his family could well be proud of. His many friends and relatives made a large turnout at his funeral.

    Reinternment from the European Theater was at Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine, Minnesota.

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