Vernon R. Engebretson

Private Vernon R. Engebretson of the U.S. Army has arrived somewhere in Belgium, according to word received by his wife, who resides at 722 Hastings Way.

Private Engebretson entered the service on  August 24, 1944 at Fort Sheridan, IL and received his training at Camp Roberts, CA. Private Engebretson spent a five-day furlough with his wife and children, before reporting for his assignment overseas.

Wearer of Purple Heart Is Reported Killed in Action
Sgt. D. E. Engebretson Casualty in Germany
Wounded in action in France on August 1, last, then reported missing in action in France in November, after returning to his outfit, following the siege in the hospital, later to [?]n up again in the battle line, only to suffer severe frost bite to one of his feet in the Belgian Campaign, Staff Sergeant Donald E. Engebretson, U. S. Army, is now reported killed in action in Germany, in a telegram received by his wife, Mary S. Engebretson, 710 South Barstow Street. Death occurred on March 30, said the telegram, which was received by April 10.

Sergeant Engebretson, who had served with an Infantry division in the Third Army, until about a month ago, when his division was transferred to the Ninth Army, had been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received last August.

Besides his widow, Sergeant Engebretson is survived by a 3-year-old daughter, Patricia; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Engebretson, 215 East Madison Street; two sisters, Mrs. Leonard Steinke and Elaine Engebretson, all of this city; three brothers, Alden of Eau Claire, Corporal Kenneth Engebretson, now in North Carolina, and Private First Class Vernon Engebretson, U.S. Army overseas.

Sergeant Engebretson entered the service on September 9, 1942 and received his training in several camps and left for overseas duty in May 1944.

Memorial services, to be held here, will be announced later.

Memorial Services
Memorial services in memory of Staff Sergeant Donald E. Engebretson, born April 2, 1916 and died March 30, 1945 in the service of his country and laid to rest in Margarten, Holland, will be held Sunday at 2:30 pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Reverend Herbert Juneau officiating.

Sergeant Engebretson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Engebretson, and daughter, Patricia; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Engebretson; two sisters, Mrs. Leonard Steinke of Eau Claire and Elaine at home; and three brothers, Alden of Eau Claire; Private First Class Vernon, now serving in Europe; and Corporal Kenneth, stationed in North Carolina.

The services are assisted by M.J. Prock and Sons.