Emmet County

Pfc. Gordon C. Griffis


With the FORCES

Pfc. Gordon C. Griffis arrived in Estherville today on a 15-day furlough from Camp Ruckler, Ala.  He will spend his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Griffis, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keeler.  His address is:  ASN……Co. E. 262 Inf. APO 454, Camp Ruckler, Ala.

Source: Estherville Daily News, October 4, 1944


Estherville, Ia.—Memorial services for Pfc. Gordon Griffis, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Griffis, Estherville, killed in action January 6, in Brittany, France, after but 19 days in France, was held here Sunday afternoon in the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Joseph M. Kennedy, officiating. The American Legion will conduct part of the service. Pfc. Griffis is believed to have been the first son of a World War I veteran from this vicinity to be killed in the present war. He went overseas about the middle of last November and was stationed in England for awhile before going into action on the western front.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 9, 1945