Gerald Carswell

Waist Gunner, Reported Killed
(MENOMONIE) Technical Sergeant Gerald Carswell, 24, was killed in action over Yugoslavia on May 6, according to the telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Carswell, North Menomonie, Friday morning. He was a waist gunner on a bomber.

Word that he was missing in action was received by his parents on May 21, and word of his death was cleared through the International Red Cross.

Young Carswell is survived by his parents, five brothers, and two sisters: GPO Harry C. Carswell, Private First Class Thomas Carswell, Private John Carswell; Malcolm, Minneapolis; Gordon, Wausau; Mrs. Harvey Black, Madison; and Mrs. Harold Raymond, Camp Douglas.


Awards Presented Parents of T/Sgt. Gerald Carswell
MENOMONIE—Mr. and Mrs. Allan Carswell, parents of Technical Sergenat Gerald Carswell, were presented the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters that he was awarded for meritorious service from February 14, 1944 to May 6, 1944, while on duty with the Army Air Corps as a waist gunner. Technical Sergeant Carswell was killed on May 6 over Yugoslavia. He was reported missing on May 21, and word of his death was cleared through the International Red Cross on October 8.

The presentation was made by Captain John Erickson at ceremonies on Sunday evening at the Stout Auditorium, in conjunction with a public meeting of the American Legion. 

Eighteen veterans of World War II were initiated into the organization in an impressive ceremony, conducted by the initiation team of Eau Claire, headed by Bert Williams. They are members of the William C. Johnson Post.

The American Legion chorus, under the direction of Harold Cooke, sang Grant Us to Do with Zeal by Bach and a Fred Waring arrangement of  This Is My Country. Hugo Singerhouse, Commander of Hosford-Chase Post, presided. 

A color guard advanced and retired the colors, and Chaplain Norris Olson pronounced the invocation and benediction. Tenth District Commander G. E. Sipple was master of ceremonies.

Reverend O. G. Birkeland, Whitehall, department chaplain, guest speaker, chose Our Two-Fold Allegiance, For God and Country, as the subject of his address. The title was taken from the preamble of the American Legion Constitution. 

Civic and political liberty is the first of our blessings in this country, the speaker began, and it was what our great leaders of the past, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whom we honor this month, both fought to preserve. We have lived to see these liberties taken from other countries, the speaker commented. Our pioneer fathers also wanted religious liberty, and that wish was realized in this country.