Obit: Martinson, Bernard P. (1915? - 1945)

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Martinson, Ales

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 03/15/1945

Martinson, Bernard P. (1915? - 17 SEP 1945)

Memorial services for First Lt. Bernard Peter Martinson, St. Paul airman killed in action over Holland, Sept. 17, 1945, will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Summit and Lexington.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie M. of Chokio, Minn.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Martinson, 1012 Portland Ave.; a sister, Mrs. Dan Ales of St. Paul, and two brothers, Myron F., serving with the Navy in the South Pacific, and Cyril T., of St. Paul.

Lt. Martinson, who was 29 years old, was a graduate of St. Thomas College. He entered the service in 1941 and served overseas since Nov. 1942, on a transport plane. (St. Paul Dispatch, Tuesday, March 6, 1945)

Bernard Peter has often visited in Owen (Clark Co., Wis.) at the home of his grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Martinson; his father was a former Owen boy, Marin T., His aunt, Miss Mena Martinson, attended the services in St. Paul, returning home Monday.


1905 Wis. State Census, Owen, Clark, Wisconsin

Name: Peter Martinson (Grandfather of Bernard)
Residence: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin
Age: 50y
Estimated Birth Year: Abt 1855
Birthplace: Norway
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Race: White
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Place of Birth: Parent 1: Norway
Place of Birth: Parent 2: Norway
Family Number: 41
Page Number: 370
Line Number: 87
Peter Martinson M 50y
Spouse Matilda Martinson F 42y (Grandmother of Bernard)
Child: Marion T Martinson M 19y (Father of Bernard)
Child: Alfred O Martinson M 17y
Child: Mina P Martinson F 13y
Child: Josephine Martinson F 9y

1920 Federal Census, Ramsey, Minnesota

Bernard Martinson
Estimated Birth Year: 1915
Age: 5
Birthplace: Minnesota
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Sheet Number: 10
Parent Theodore Martinson M 35y
Parent Helen Martinson F 39y
Josephine S Martinson F 9y
Cyril J Martinson M 6y
Bernard Martinson M 5y
Virginia W Martinson F 2y6m
Myron Martinson M 1y6m

1930 Federal Census, St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota

Name: Bernard Martinson
Gender: Male
Age: 15
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Birthplace: Minnesota
Estimated Birth Year: 1915
Father's Birthplace: Wisconsin
Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin
Enumeration District Number: 55
Family Number: 239
Head: Theordore Martinson M 44
Wife: Parent Helen T Martinson F 45
Son: Cyril Martinson M 18
Son: Bernard Martinson M 15
Daughter: Virginia Martinson F 14
Son: Myron Martinson M 12



I found a document about an US Aircrew who died on 17 Sept 1944 in the Netherlands (see attachment). They crashed near a place called Heijningen and were buried at the local cemeteries in Dinteloord and some of them re-buried in Margraten, the US cemeteries in the South of the Netherlands. One of them was Bernard P Martinson.

I saw your message in the internet about a Memorial services for him and I wonder if he has been re-buried in the USA. One of the crew member has been buried in Springfield but the two others I believe are still at Margraten.
If the Bernard Martinson in the document above is the same person and if he is still buried at Margraten, we would like to remember him by adding his records to a Dutch website. Astrid van Erp.




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