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Ralph Norman Gjertsen

War: World War II
Parent/Wife: Parents: John and Henny Gjertsen
City: Wisc. Rapids
Birth Date: 15 Aug 1917 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death Date: 22 Feb 1944 (aged 26)
How Died: KIA
Where Died: Adriatic Sea
Where Buried: Cenotaph: Forest Hill Cemetery Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wisconsin, US Memorialized: Tablets of the Missing Florence American Cemetery Impruneta, Italy
Rank: 1Lt
Branch: Air Force

Kia=Killed in Action
Dow=Died of Wounds
Dod=Died of Disease
Mia=Missing in Action


Ralph Gjertsen enlisted in the Army Air Forces and erved during World War II. Gjertsen had the rank of First Lieutenant and he served with 2nd Bomber Group, Heavy, 429th Bomber Squadron. Gjertsen experienced a serious casualty which ultimately resulted in loss of life on February 22, 1944. Circumstances of the casualty were attributed to: "Missing in action or lost at sea" Ralph Gjertsen is memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy.



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Gjertsen Declaration
Gjertsen Going Away Family Party
Gjertsen Home Furlough
Gjertsen Home Visiting
Gjertsen Missing
Gjertsen Notice
Gjertsen Training
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