Robert "Bob" Charles Dargan

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  • Name: Robert "Bob" Charles Dargan
  • Location of Birth: Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Date of Birth: May 27, 1920
  • Date of Death: December 5, 1996
  • Parents: Eugene Dargan & Madeline (Landman) Dargan
  • High School and Class: 1939 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: October 10, 1941
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  • Date of Discharge: October 18, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Robert Charles Dargan
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: May 27, 1920
    Birth Place: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: July 1, 1941
    Employer: Danube Mining Co., Bovey, Minnesota
    Occupation: Mill labor
    Weight: 145
    Height: 5-7
    Complexion: Light brown
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Eugene Dargan, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – Jun 5, 1942 – “Dear Friends: I received the diary and also the birthday card from the gang. Thanks for everything. It is grand to know you still think of me. I like it here, but watch me sail for Bovey when it’s over. – Bob (Robert Dargan)”

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - December 4, 1942 - "Dear Friends: I received your present this afternoon. I want to thank you very much. I must say the gifts certainly were practical. Just the things that a fellow needs. Especially if he is overseas and is out in the open most of the time. I already have put the housewife (sewing kit) to good use. I must say it seems very funny to be getting a Christmas present already. But still it is only a month from Christmas. It must be the weather that makes it seem so different. Did you notice I have a new address? It's changed so often that I even have a hard time keeping track of it. I wish I could tell you where I am at or about the work we are doing, but we can't even do that. So it is hard to write an interesting letter. Well, it's getting dark again, and the boys are putting on the citronella, and I had better do the same or I'll get eaten alive. Yours, as always, Robert Dargan."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - September 8, 1944 – "Robert C. Dargan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Dargan of Bovey, was commended by his commanders for allowing the enemy to approach within twenty feet of his outpost before opening up with a withering fire that quickly eliminated whatever idea they had of attacking from his quarter. His outpost suffered no casualties. Bet those bullets were bought with bonds purchased in Bovey."

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Robert Dargan married Bernice Lofberg in 1951 in Grand Rapids. He was a machinist in the Danube Mine and later worked at Wood Design of Bovey. He was a member of Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1720 of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Robert died in Calumet Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 61, Lot 7). He is survived by two daughters, Mary Severson and Donna Carlson; two sons, John Dargan and Jim Dargan; a special friend, Wanda Bonovich; two sisters, Mildred Plesha and Madeline Shannon; and seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Bernice, in 1973; and a son, Robert, in 1978.

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