John August Erickson

Marine Corp Badge
  • Name: John August Erickson
  • Location of Birth: Deer River, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 4, 1925
  • Date of Death: June 9, 2001 (76 years old)
  • Parents: August Erickson and Isabelle (Byers) Erickson
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  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Date Sworn In: September, 1943
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  • Date of Discharge: April, 1946
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  • Military Highlights:
    Out of high school, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September, 1943 during World War II. He was stationed in the Asiatic and Pacific areas and was a member of the famous Black Sheep Squadron in the Pacific Islands. He was honorably discharged as corporal in April, 1946.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    John was raised in Bowstring and attended schools in Bowstring and Northome, Minnesota.

    After his discharge, John lived in Northome, Minnesota, worked for the Minnesota State Parks and married Regina Knops. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1966 where he worked as a correctional officer at the Nebraska State Penitentiary for sixteen years.

    He married Marilyan Sharpnack in 1982 in Northome, Minnesota.

    John was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Northome, Minnesota.

    John is survived by his wife, Marilyan; four sons, John, Martin, Ted, and Dana; two daughters, Dawn Henning and Betty Beier; two step-daughters, Karen Bracha and Roxanne Haake; three brothers, Edward Erickson, Hubert Larson, and Gerald Sandberg; a sister, Sandra Glenz; eighteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

    Preceded him in death were his parents and a brother, Donald Sandberg.

    John died at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota after a long battle with heart problems. He is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-03-13)

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