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Sgt. John A. Osterlund




John Osterlund Among Missing  

Sergt. John A. Osterlund, 28, Des Moines, Tuesday was listed as missing in action since Dec. 22, 1944, in Belgium.

In service four years, Sergeant Osterlund has a sister, Nellie Osterlund, now at an army hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. An uncle, W. L. Osterlund, lives at 1321 E. Sheridan ave.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Unknown date of publication (photo included)

First Lieut. Nellie Osterlund, army nurse who has been stationed in Hawaii the last 39 months is spending a 30-day leave with friends and relatives here. She was stationed in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attack occurred.

Her brother, Sergt. John Osterlund, has been reported missing in action in France. Lieutenant Osterlund is a graduate of East high school and Iowa Lutheran hospital of nursing.

Source: The Des Moines Tribune, February 13, 1945 (photo included)

John A. Osterlund was born about 1917 to Alfred G. and Anna M. Peterson Osterlund. He died Dec. 23, 1944 and is memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.

Sgt. Osterlund served in World War II with the U.S. Army 31st Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division and was MIA/FOD/KIA in Belgium while serving his country. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Source: ancestry.com