Louis Cermak, Jr.

Navy Badge
  • Name: Louis Cermak, Jr.
  • Location of Birth: Dickinson, North Dakota
  • Date of Birth: February 1, 1922
  • Date of Death: February 21, 1995 (73 years old)
  • Parents: Louis Cermak and Mary (Braem) Cermak
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: September 10, 1942 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: October 20, 1943 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Louis Cermak
    Race: White
    Age: 20
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: March 4, 1922 (February 1, 1922)
    Birth Place: Bismarck, North Dakota
    Residence Place: Webster, Bennet, Wisconsin, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Registration Place: South Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Farmers Union Comm Company
    Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 172
    Complexion: Light
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Louis Cermak, Sr. (father)
    Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: scar on right leg

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Louis served in the European Theater from 1942 to 1944.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Louis lived in Dickinson, North Dakota for thirteen years before moving with his family to Webster, Wisconsin. He attended schools in both Dickinson, North Dakota and Webster, WIsconsin.

    Louis married Lois Jean Nelson of Spooner, Wisconsin on April 3, 1945, in Pine City, Minnesota.

    Prior to serving in the Navy, he assisted his father in their cattle business. He later worked for Ruan Transportation in Minneapolis for sixteen years, earning a number of awards for his achievements. He then moved to rural Grand Rapids, Minnesota where he owned and operated Cermak's King Lake Resort for twenty-eight years. He was a member of the Grand Rapids Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1720.

    Preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Vincent; and a sister, Marion Geer; he is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, Larry and Lynn; two daughters, LaNei Groshong and Lora Nieuwenhuis; one brother, Neil; three sisters, Clara Malone, Betty Rhodes, and Dorothy Shult; and seven grandchildren.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-A-38-0-6)

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