Army Badge
  • Name: Harold Martin Morken
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 25, 1923
  • Date of Death: January 25, 1996
  • Parents: Hans M. Morken & Marie (Martinsen) Morken
  • High School and Class: 1940 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: 1946 Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: May 29, 1943
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: February 3, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Harold Martin Morken
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: August 25, 1923
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Oliver Iron Mining Co., Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 169
    Height: 5-10
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Hans M. Morken, Coleraine, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: 1944 – “Harold Morken, youngest son of Hans Morken of Coleraine, was injured Wednesday of last week at the Army post where he is stationed at San Diego, Calif. Ribs and collarbone were broken and Morken is in an Army hospital. The information came in letters from his sister, Mrs. Harry (Sue Morken) Voges who lives about 20 miles from San Diego, and from his cousin, Lee Wedl Jr., who is employed on the west coast. Morken drives a bulldozer tractor and the machine was being used to tow to shore a landing barge. He was standing in front of the truck when a huge wave pushed the barge onto shore, pinning Morken between the truck and the barge, and injuring him quite severely.”

    Newspaper article: February 1945 – “Harold Morken, youngest son of Hans Morken Sr. came home Monday night and surprised his father and other relatives. He is honorably discharged from armed service owing to physical disability sustained when he was injured a few months ago while in service in California.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Harold Morken died in Dakota County, Minnesota and is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Section 3, Site 282).

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