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Alfred Erlandson

Submitted by: Paula I Simula {Great Niece}

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Alfred Erlandson born around 1887. Alfred Erlandson served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Alfred was the son of Norwegian Immigrants, Hans and Jensine Erlandson.

"For gallantry in action against the enemy", the citation accompanying the Silver Star medal awarded to Alfred Erlandson and James Carter reads:

"The two men above named assisted in the capture of a town on the 6th of June, after being wounded, and displayed remarkable energy and courage against superior numbers of the enemy. They engaged in street fighting and were of material assistance in driving out the enemy.

OMAR BUNDY, Major General, USA, Commanding".

The event took place at the town of Bouresches, during the "Battle of Belleau Wood". Erlandson was exposed to mustard gas, as well as being shot in the right shoulder. He re-joined his unit 13 July 1918. Alfred received promotion to Corporal on 8 Aug 1918. He was killed in action on the Champagnne font on 03 Oct.1918.

Much of this information was generously provided by Lenny Moore, whose grandfather served in the same unit.