Ralph Carl Carlson

Marine Corp Badge
  • Name: Ralph Carl Carlson
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 4, 1921
  • Date of Death: January 11, 1973
  • Parents: Carl Carlson & Minnie (Blewett) Carlson
  • High School and Class: 1939 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Date of Discharge: October 19, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Ralph Carl Carlson
    Race: White
    Age: 20
    Birth Date: April 4, 1921
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 16, 1942
    Employer: Student at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Nicollet, MN
    Weight: 190
    Height: 6
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Red
    Next of Kin: C. G. Carlson, Coleraine, Minnesota

    Newspaper article - Itasca Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota - Apr 1945 – Corporal Ralph Carlson writes to his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carlson of Coleraine, that he has been on Okinawa, and has seen considerable of the island, which is quite pretty. Ralph says the people there farm every inch of ground – even the hillsides are terraced and cultivated. He was surprised to see rice growing in a field, like grain.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Ralph Carlson was a student at Gustavus Adolphus College when he registered for the draft in February 1942. He was a life-long resident of Coleraine, Minnesota and married Florence Hachey in Minnesota in 1947. He was employed as an electrician for U.S. Steel. He was a member of the Taconite, Minnesota American Legion Post.

    Ralph Carlson died in Taconite, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Florence; two sons, Ralph and Kevin; two daughters, Barbara and Judith; his mother, Mrs. Gordon Wetherell; one sister, Mrs. Don (Carol) Severson; and two brothers, William and Leslie.

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