GERDRUM, EVELYN MAE, Second Lieutnant, # N-783127, U.S. Army Nursing Corps

 

Evelyn M. Gerdrum was born on 31 August 1921 in Grass Range, Fergus Co., Montana to Magnus Gerdrum (1883-1952) (Norway) and Ida Marie (Anderson) Gerdrum (1879-1953) (MN). Siblings included Harold Milo Gerdrum (1916-1956), Doris M. (Gedrum) King (1920-    ). She graduated from the Columbus School of Nursing, Great Falls.

 

She left for overseas (India) and was assigned to the 69th General Hospital, Ledo, India. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. She was a passenger on board. Her remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, on 16 July 1948 (Sec. C, Grave 616).

HARRIS, EATHEL LOUWANDA, Second Lieutenant, # N-788366, U.S. Army Nursing Corps

 

Eathel L. Harris was born on 2 August 1921 in Missouri to Charles Henry Harris (1888-1964) and Lena Alice (Ball) Harris (1900-1960) (married 26 November 1917 in Jackson Co., AR - Divorced). A sister was Gwendolyn Mae (Harris) Risinger (1918-2011).

 

She left for overseas to Ledo, India. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. She was a passenger on board. Her remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 19 June 1948 (Sec. 44-5, Grave 16125).