Kermit Laquame Dahl

Army Badge
  • Name: Kermit Laquame Dahl
  • Location of Birth: Plummer, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 24, 1914
  • Date of Death: December 28, 2010
  • Parents: George Dahl & Kaia (Rogen) Dahl
  • High School and Class: 1934 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: April 9, 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: February 5, 1946
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Kermit Laquame Dahl
    Race: White
    Age: 26
    Birth Date: August 24, 1914
    Birth Place: Plummer, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: none
    Weight: 132
    Height: 5-8
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Next of Kin: Mrs. George Dahl, Coleraine, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: 1944 – Several years ago a few people in Coleraine traveled to Canada to see the Queen of England; and now, some of those, as well as many others, are fighting, not only for their own country, but for hers. That particular summer Kermit Dahl was too young a school boy to be even interested in a trek to “see” any queen; nor probably thought that he might ever see her, all in the course of a day’s work. Dahl, attached for many months past to the 91st General Hospital staff, and on the side playing with the bands and orchestras of the U.S. army wherever he happened to be, saw England’s queen some time during August when she and the King were on a tour of inspection of the troops. Of this event, Kermit Dahl says” “We have had some very distinguished visitors lately, but the most distinguished person of them all was the Queen of England. She came directly into the X-ray department, so I got a good look at her. She’s a very nice and trim-looking woman, and, of course, was immaculately dressed.”

    Newspaper article: 1944 – A letter from Sgt. Kermit Dahl from England, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Dahl, says that he visits his sister, Alice Dahl, every day at the General hospital. Miss Dahl, who went to England in September for the Red Cross, is recovering from a critical operation, and it may be necessary to send her back to the States until she recuperates, owing to a strict diet. One of the physicians in the same hospital is Capt. Joseph Murphy of Coleraine, son of Mrs. C. M. Murphy.

    Newspaper article: Oct 1945 – S/Sgt. Kermit Dahl and Capt. Jos. Murphy have been sent to Liege, Belgium from Oxford, England where they have both been stationed at the 91st General Hospital. Kermit write his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Dahl, that he and Dr. Joe had ridden in the same ambulance on their way to Belgium, and had had a good visit.

    Newspaper article: Feb 1946 – Kermit Dahl arrived home Friday evening after receiving his discharge from the Army. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Medical Corps. Kermit has been in service four years, two of which he spent overseas. He played with an Army band and was leader of a group of musicians in Belgium before returning to the U.S.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean Conflict

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  • Civilian Life:
    Kermit Dahl served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 as an x-ray technician at the 91st General Hospital. Kermit later served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 in Germany. He married Phyllis Campbell in 1947 in Laramie, WY. He was employed for 24 years at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He and Phyllis moved to Mankato, Minnesota in 1974. He was employed with St. Joseph’s Hospital, Immanuel Hospital, and the Mankato State University Health Service.

    Kermit died in Mankato, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis; two sons, James Dahl and Gerald Dahl; two daughters, Carol (John) Marston and Diane (Dan) Burke; one sister, Evalyn Thompson; one brother, James Dahl; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and two brothers.

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