Gordon S. Gunderson


ROBERT D. GUNDERSON

S/SGT. GORDON GUNDERSON

Robert D. Gunderson, 21, Petty Officer First Class, is stationed on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific and, during the past six months, he has been in four major engagements, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gunderson, Route 5.

He enlisted in the Navy in December 1940 and received his training at Great Lakes, IL and at Norfolk, VA. He took part in the African invasion. He is an aerial gunner.

His brother, Staff Sergeant Gordon S. Gunderson, 25, is also an aerial gunner, in the Army Air Corps. Also a radio operator, he went overseas to Africa a month ago with a B-24 squadron. 

He entered the service on June 6, 1941 and received his radio training at Truax Field, Madison. Staff Sergeant Gunderson graduated from the gunnery school at Harlingen, TX, second highest in his class.


Gets Air Medal
T/SGT. G. S. GUNDERSON
15TH ARMY AIR FORCE, ITALY--Technical Sergeant Gordon S. Gunderson of Eau Claire, WI, radio-gunner, has recently completed 25 missions over enemy territory.

Coming to Italy in January of this year, Sergeant Gunderson has participated in flights throughout the Mediterranean Theater. He has received the Air Medal "for meritorious achievement in aerial flight, while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy."

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gunderson of Eau Claire, WI, Sergeant Gunderson entered the Army on June 10, 1941. He received his Army training at the Madison Radio School and the Harlingen Gunnery School.


AIR MEDAL
Technical Sergeant Gordon S. Gunderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gunderson, Route 5, radio-gunner with the Fifteenth Army Air Force, has received the Air Medal at his U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Liberator Base in Italy. He has been in Italy since January. Technical Sergeant Gunderson entered the Army on June 10, 1941 and received his training at the Madison Radio School and the Harlingen Gunnery School.


Gunner Honored for Bomb Raids
15th AAF IN ITALY—Technical Sergeant Gordon Gunderson, Eau Claire, WI, waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber, has been awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge and one Bronze Cluster, as a member of a veteran Liberator bomb group, which twice has been cited for "outstanding performance of duty in armed conflict with the enemy." 

Commanded by Colonel Robert E. L. Eaton, Belleville, IL, the group received its original gold-rimmed blue ribbon for an attack on the Prufening Aircraft Factory at Regensburg, Germany on February 25th. The cluster was added for a mission over the Ploesti, Rumania oil refineries on April 5th

The citations read, in part, (For Regensburg)
"Notified to prepare maximum aircraft. . . personnel worked feverishly, enthusiastically, and with untiring intensity.  The tremendous material damage inflicted...contributed greatly to the curtailment of aircraft production by the enemy at a time of great importance." 

And for Ploesti: 
"Under the most difficult and trying conditions on the ground and, despite extremely adverse weather conditions in the air, the group. . . successfully delivered a devastating blow to the important enemy oil installations. 

"The grim determination . . . and heroic courage of the combat crews, together with the professional skill and devotion to duty of the ground personnel . . . are outstanding in the history of aerial warfare." 

Sergeant Gunderson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gunderson, live at Eau Claire, WI. 

After graduation from Whitehall High School, Sergeant Gunderson was employed as a truck driver. He entered the Army on June 10, 1941 and received his training at the Madison, WI Radio School and the Harlingen Gunnery School, Texas.


Gordon Gunderson B-24 Waits Gunner, Flies 50 Missions
15TH AAF IN  ITALY—Technical Sergeant Gordon Gunderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gunderson, of Eau Claire, WI, waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber, has flown 50 missions in the Mediterranean Theater.

Sergeant Gunderson has participated in major attacks on enemy aircraft factories, oil refineries, and other strategic targets in Rumania, Austria, Germany, Italy and France.

"There's one target that I've ways feared,"  said Sergeant Gunderson. "That target is the Ploesti oil refineries. There wasn't one mission against that target when flak was less than heavy, accurate, and intense.

"On the first mission there, we collected 300 holes. We were in the flak for fifteen minutes. The waist was riddled. Our oxygen, hydraulic system, and one engine were gone.  None of the turrets would work, and a JU-88 was on our tail. Our tail gunner fired 30 rounds at him manually, and he broke his pass. I didn't believe that we had made it until I stepped onto solid ground."

Sergeant Gunderson holds the Air Medal and three Bronze Clusters for "meritorious achievement in aerial flight, while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy."

After graduation from Whitehall High School, Sergeant Gunderson entered the Army on June 10, 1941. He received his training at the Madison Radio School, Wisconsin and the Harlingen Gunnery School, Texas.


AT MIAMI BEACH
Technical Sergeant Gordon S. Gunderson, 25, Route 5, has arrived at Army Air Forces Redistribution Station No. 2 in Miami Beach for reassignment processing, after completing a tour of duty outside the continental United States. Medical examinations and classification interviews at this post, one of three redistribution stations operated by the Army Air Forces Personnel Distribution Command for Army Air Forces returnee officers and enlisted men, will determine his new assignment. He will remain here about two weeks, much of which will be devoted to rest and recreation. He flew 50 missions as a B-24 radio operator and gunner during 10 months in the European Theater.

HOME ON LEAVE
R. D. Gunderson, Seaman First Class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gunderson, Route 5, is spending a leave here, after serving on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific for the past 18 months. He reports back to duty on December 28. He entered the Navy three and one-half years ago.

His brother, Technical Sergeant Gordon Gunderson, is now a radio instructor in West Virginia. He recently completed 50 combat missions in Italy.

Seaman R. D. Gunderson's wife, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, came here with him.