Navy Badge
  • Name: Walter Holger Mortenson
  • Location of Birth: Cosmos, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 4, 1898
  • Date of Death: August 28, 1988
  • Parents: Mike Mortenson & Ellen (Persson) Mortenson
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  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch: Army
  • Date Sworn In: July 2, 1918 - World War I; September 16, 1942 - World War II
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  • Date of Discharge: September 6, 1919 - World War I; January 29, 1943 - World War II
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  • Military Highlights:
    Walter Mortenson served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and then in the U.S. Army during World War II.

    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Walter Holyer [sic] Mortenson
    Race: White
    Age: 43
    Birth Date: April 4, 1898
    Birth Place: Cosmos, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Remer, Cass, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 16, 1942
    Employer: Self, Remer, Cass, Minnesota
    Weight: 165
    Height: 5-10
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Other characteristic: Mold [sic] on right shoulder
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Oscar Olson, Remer, Minnesota

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Walter Mortenson was raised and attended schools in Litchfield, Minnesota. He married Rebecca Wortz in Minnesota in 1922. He moved to the Remer, Minnesota area in 1936 and was part-owner of Three Lakes Resort at Big Bass Lake for many years. He owned and operated Walt's Resort on Big Bass Lake until his retirement in 1962. He married Eileen Smith Jorgenson in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1950. They moved within the Remer city limits in 1975.

    Walter died at Leisure Hills Care Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids (I-E-24-11). He is survived by his wife, Eileen; daughters, Irene Burnside, Louella Taylor, and Jean Hall; sisters, Hulda Uglem and Maybelle Nelson; a brother Maurice Mortenson; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca in 1946; two brothers; and a sister.

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