World War II - U. S. Army
Sgt. Marvin Peterson
May 8, 1922 - July 27, 1944
Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
(1944 news article and photo researched and contributed by: Dean Schaal from his mother's wartime scrapbook)
News Article July 1944
Sgt. M. Peterson
Killed in Action
Special in Press-Gazette
OCONTO FALLS, Wis - Mrs. Hazel Peterson, Oconto Falls, has received a message from the War department that her son, Sgt. Marvin Peterson, was killed in action July 27 somewhere in New Guinea. The last letter received from him was dated July 17 when he was up for a rest period.
Sgt. Peterson left for service with Company C. Oconto National Guard unit in October 1940. He took his basic training at Camp Grant, Ill. Then he was a corporal he was awarded the Distinguished Service cross for heroism in New Guinea in January 1943. He was part of a group advancing along the coast on Jan. 12 when they came to the swift, perilous Konombi river.
Armed with pistols and grenades and wearing only shorts, Peterson and three others swam the river in daylight and fastened a rope which enabled a platoon to cross and established a bridgehead. Peterson later developed fever and was sent to Australia. He was discharged from the hospital, but received a broken jaw while playing baseball, and had a relapse of fever, and was in the hospital until June 1, 1943. He recently was awarded the Purple Heart.
Sgt. Peterson was born in Oconto Falls may 8, 1921, the son of the late Magnus Peterson and Mrs. Hazel Peterson, and graduated form the Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1939.
Survivors besides his mother include three sisters, Sadie of Sturgeon Bay, Fern of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mary Jean, at home, and five brothers, Miles, seaman 2/c in the Navy at Norman, Okla.; Gerald, Green Bay, and William, Robert and Lester, at home. His father, a World War I Veteran, died four months ago.