Monell Herman Monson

Navy Badge
  • Name: Monell Herman Monson
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 14, 1911
  • Date of Death: KIA - December 5, 1944 (32 years old)
  • Parents: Mons T. Monson and Ellen (Peterson) Monson
  • High School and Class: Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: F1 (Fireman First Class Non Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: January 13, 1944
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: KIA - December 5, 1944
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    February, 1944 Basic Training at Farragut, Idaho
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Montana
    Name: Monell Herman Monson
    Race: White
    Age: 29
    Birth Date: March 14, 1911
    Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Victor, Ravalli, Montana, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Harper Logging Co., Darby, Ravalli, Montana
    Weight: 175
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Other characteristic: Middle Finger on right hand missing; saw marks on hand, wrist, and knee
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Monell Herman Monson, wife, Victor, Ravalli, Montana

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Killed In Action

  • Civilian Life:
    Monell died of wounds received in action in the South Pacific. He lived in Victor, Montana for about thirteen years. Following his boot training, he was assigned to a destroyer in the Pacific, where he saw considerable action. He was a carpenter and woodsman as well as a farmer.

    News article from Itasca County Independent newspaper, dated December 14, 1944:

    "Mr. and Mrs. Mons Monson received word Tuesday evening that their son, Monell Monson, Fireman First Class in the Navy, had died of wounds following action in the South Pacific.
    He has been in military service since last February. He took his basic training at Farragut and was shipped overseas.
    FM/1c Monson was born in Grand Rapids, 32 years ago. He was a graduate of the local high school. Following his graduation, he went to Victor, Montana, where his wife and two children, Monell, Jr. and Melvin, now reside.
    Besides his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monson; three sisters, Mrs. Clarence Lawson, Mrs. John Ruuhela, and Miss Signe Monson and two brothers, Coxswain Harold Monson of the Navy, now in the South Pacific; and FM/1c Gerhard Monson, recently assisted to foreign duty."

    News article from Grand Rapids Herald Review, dated September 9, 1948:

    "The casketed remains of Monell S. Monson, F1, will arrive in Grand Rapids on the Great Northern Train at 12:52 o'clock Saturday morning. The casket will be at the Libbey Funeral home.
    Burial services will be Monday afternoon at two o'clock in the Zion Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Itasca Cemetery.
    Monson lost his life in the Pacific on December 5, 1944. His widow, Mrs. Mabel Ann (Simonson) Monson, and two sons, Monell and Melvin, live in Grand Rapids. Other relatives are his father Mons Monson, two brothers, Gerhard and Harold, and three sisters, Mrs. Henry Arnold, Mrs. Clarence Lawson and Mrs. John Ruuhela.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-09-15)

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