John E. Engstrom

Sergeant John E. Engstrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Engstrom of Portal, ND, has arrived in Australia, according to word received by his wife, who resides at 902 1/2 Menomonie Street.

Sergeant Engstrom entered the service in January 15, 1942. He received his training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He then spent 16 months in Canada and Alaska on the Alcan Military Highway. He returned to the States on September 1, 1943, where he received more training at Camp Sutton, NC. He is with a regiment of engineers.

January 8, 2003 Editor's Note: J. Lowy and I  have been recording information on this website for just over two months. We have, for the most part, worked alphabetically.  Today, I have been entering information about veterans whose last names begin with "En." As I was reading the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram this afternoon, I came across the obituary of John Engstrom.  Because I noticed that he was a World War II veteran, I read his obituary with special interest.

After setting the paper aside at about 5:30, I returned to the computer to continue my work. The very next newspaper clipping from the Perry's scrapbook to be added to this website was the article above--the article about Sergeant John E. Engstrom.

According to his obituary, John served in the South Pacific and Alaska with the U.S. Army Engineer Corps from 1942-1945. With the Corps, he helped to build air strips and bridges and worked on the Alcan Highway. John was employed with U.S. Postal Service for 26 years, retiring as a mail carrier in 1973. He was a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and VFW Post 305. John enjoyed working on his farm and gardening for many years.

John Erick Engstrom is survived by his wife of 59 years, Hazel D. Gilbert in Eau Claire, who he married on September 12, 1943.  He had seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.