Woodbury County

Tech 4 Gerald E. Thorson




Technician Fourth Grade Gerald Ernest Thorson, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Thorson, 1916 Myrtle street, considers his most exciting moment overseas was at the time he was stationed in New Guinea and Jap Zeros attacked his battalion theater.  After the air raid which followed, the lights were turned on and the Sioux Cityan discovered about 20 persons trying to seek cover under one small bench.  He had been overseas only a few days.  Gerald, a clerk with the 60th battalion of the 29th replacement depot, a replacement command, stationed near Manila, attended West junior school, North junior school and Central high school, graduated in 1942.  In October, 1943, he entered the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was trained as a field artillery clerk at Camp Roberts and Fort Ord, Cal., and went overseas July 13, 1944.  He wears the Asiatic-Pacific theater and Philippine liberation ribbons, with one star on each, and the good conduct ribbon.  Prior to entering the service, he was employed in Chicago by the Western Union Telegraph company.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, September 11, 1945