Navy Badge
  • Name: Robert "Bob" Shirley Mickelson
  • Location of Birth: Isanti, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 7, 1922
  • Date of Death: August 31, 1995
  • Parents: Oscar Mickelson & Elvira (Peterson) Mickelson
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  • Highest Rank: GM2 (Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: September 29, 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: January 1, 1946
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Robert Shirley Mickelson
    Race: White
    Age: 20
    Birth Date: February 7, 1922
    Birth Place: Isanti, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Oliver Mining Co., Coleraine, Minnesota
    Weight: 155
    Height: 5-10
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Other characteristic: Scar on left forehead
    Next of Kin: Oscar Mickelson, Bovey

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Bob Mickelson attended schools in Isanti, Minnesota, moved to Bovey, Minnesota in the late 1930s, and had been a Grand Rapids, Minnesota resident since 1978. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for U.S. Steel for 37 years, retiring in 1977. He attended the Faith Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, was a member of the Lawrence Lake American Legion, the Grand Rapids Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

    Bob died at his home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 30). He is survived by three sons, Edward Mickelson, Robert Mickelson, and David Mickelson; two daughters, Colleen Smith and Carol Preble; a sister, Carolyn Erickson; eleven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Weldon Mickelson; and a sister, Doris Gube.

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