Gordon D. Erickson


Gordon D. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Erickson, 547 Putnam Street, received his commission as an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve, after completing the fifteen-week V-7 training course at the United States Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School, Columbia University, New York.

The graduating class was sworn in by Captain John K. Richards, United States Navy, the school’s commanding officer. The ceremonies were conducted in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Ensign Erickson is spending a few days with his parents, before reporting to San Diego, CA on December 4 for assignment to active duty in the South Pacific area.

He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1939 and from the teachers college here last June. He entered training at Columbia University in July.

Serve on the Seas or Overseas



Ensign Gordon D. Erickson and Sergeant Clare Erickson, sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Erickson, 547 Putnam Street, have arrived overseas, according to word received by their parents.

Ensign Erickson enlisted in the Navy on June 1, 1942 and completed a course at Columbia University, receiving his commission on November 25, 1943. He was then sent to San Diego, CA and Morro Bay, CA. At Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, he received assignment aboard a new super invasion ship.

Sergeant [Clare] Erickson enlisted in the Army in September 1942. He was at Jefferson Barracks, MO a year and one-half; then trained at Truax Field and Kearns Field, Utah, before going overseas on November 27, 1944.

He was first stationed in India and, later, went to Burma. With the Army Air Forces, he serves as a clerk and in Special Service. His wife and young daughter reside at 1609 Rust Street.

Ensign Gordon D. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Erickson, 547 Putnam Street, has been promoted to Lieutenant, junior grade, according to word received here from the Pacific War Theater, where he his now serving. Lieutenant (junior grade) Erickson is with an Amphibious Landing Force and took part in the actions on both Iwo Jima and on Okinawa. While at Saipan, he met a cousin, Private Harold Freid, United States Marine Corps, and the two had a pleasant visit, he said, in a letter to his parents. A brother, Sergeant Clare E. Erickson, is with the Army Air Force in north Burma.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

As of May 7, 2003, Gordy is still enjoying coffee at McDonald's on Hastings Way each morning with dozen of guys, like Sheriff Bob.