Veterans Who Have Passed — James “Jim” Benvold Hanson

Source: Rockford Register Star,  November 10, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed – Donald Kuelper

WWII – Marines Erskine, Albert N. “Dad”

joined the Marine Corps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Morse Code Radio Operator during the Battle of Okinawa and several South Pacific islands, died 7/6/2013

Source: Rockford Register Star 7/17/2013

Gustafson, Carl A. ‘Cully’


Born Feb. 22, 1924, in Rockford, son of John and Freida (Swenson) Gustafson.

Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1946.

On the USS ATR-36, Carl’s ship spent 11 weeks at Pearl Harbor and recovered hundreds of torpedoes.

Carl also assisted in the Okinawa Invasion group in the Philippine Islands.

The ship was set to sail for Korea but encountered a violent typhoon that lasted 29 hours.

Employed by Greenlee Company, Sjostrom and Sons and Scandroli Construction.

Later he formed his own company, C.A. Gustafson and Sons.

Died July 17, 2014.

Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory; private burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star July 20, 2014