This scrapbook records the experiences of one hundred and fifty-three residents of Box Elder County Utah during World War Two. It lists the following casualties: four Killed in Action, three Wounded in Action, and two Prisoners of War, for a casualty rate of 8%.
Three of the KIAs are Pvt Lysle J. Christiansen (KIA 02/10/45), T/Sgt Voy G. Anderson KIA (in New Guinea, no date given), and Pvt Daniel L. Christensen (KIA 10/02/44). Two of the three wounded in action are Pvt Verl J. Iverson (WIA 04/18/45 ), and Bobby D. Barker (WIA 02/01/45). The two POWs are Sgt Carlye J. Gardner (POW 05/29/44-05/02/45) and Sgt Clays Holmgren (POW 11/17/44-05/21/45), both of whom were POWs in Europe.
Of special interest are the following: 1st Lt William C. Reese (KIA 5/21/44), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Ace with five victories, and posthumous promotion to Captain; MM 1/C Lee R. Zinc (WIA 10/09/43) survivor after twenty hours in the water following the sinking of the U.S.S. Buck (10/09/43) and survivor of a kamikaze attack on the U.S.S Ingraham. In addition to the men who served, the scrapbook lists three women; 1st Lt Afton Garfield USANC, Gayle Holmgren of the Red Cross and Carmen Iverson, a nurse in training during the war.
This manuscript is an eighty-two page scrapbook complied by Mrs. Larene Braeger during World War II for her husband S/Sgt Roy Braeger U.S.A.A.C. It lists one hundred and fifty-three veterans primarily from Brigham City, Bear River City, and Tremonton (Utah). The listings are not alphabetical, but were apparently compiled as they became available to Mrs. Braeger. This scrapbook contains the following information on the veterans: name, service, rank (when known), and discharge date. The Scrapbook contains pictures, handwritten notes and some newspaper clippings. Due to wartime restrictions on information many of the entries are very limited, in some cases listing only which theater of war the person was involved in.
The following abbreviations are for various United States Military Organizations:
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