Every year I try to write a Facebook status post on Memorial Day remembering those who have given up their lives to protect their country and loved ones. While that is still a good thing to do, I wanted to do more than just a Facebook status. A couple days ago, I stumbled upon Historical Fiction author Jesseca Dawn’s website where she came up with a blog link up that will honor those who have fallen. I have decided to join this blog link up.
I have had several family members who have been in the military but I am unsure if any of them died in battle. Because of this I have chosen a local Navy sailor who died during World War II. His name is Fireman 3rd Class Glaydon Ignatius Clement Iverson. He served onboard the USS Oklahoma and died on December 7, 1941 when the ship was attacked by a Japanese torpedo.
This was the telegram his parents received in February the following year after receiving word from the Navy their son was reported missing following the action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country:
“Mr. Edwin M. Iverson, Emmons, Minnesota. Washington, D.C. 10:31 PM February 14, 1942. After an exhaustive search it has been found impossible to locate your son Glaydon Ignatius Clement Iverson, Fireman Third Class, US Navy, and he has therefore been officially declared to have lost his life in the service of his country as of December 7, 1941. The Department expresses to you its sincere sympathy. Rear Admiral Ryndall Jacops, Chief of Bureau of Navigation.”
For 75 years, Glaydon’s remains lay in Halawa Cemetery in Hawaii unable to be identified…until 2016. Thanks to mitochondrial DNA, Glaydon’s remains where identified. A funeral service was held for him yesterday in his home town and he will be buried beside his parents in the local cemetery.
Not much is known about this brave sailor because it was too difficult of a subject to be discussed among Glaydon’s family members.
Glaydon Ignatius Clement Iverson was born on October 31, 1917 in Freeborn Count, Minnesota (Emmons). His parents were Edwin and Anna Iverson. He and his family attended the local Lutheran church in Emmons. He graduated from Emmons Public School in 1936.
In February of 1941, Glaydon enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed at the US Naval School in Dearborn, Michigan. Later in September, he boarded the ship USS Oklahoma and traveled from San Francisco, California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He died on December 7, 1941.
Rest in peace Gladyon Iverson and thank you for your service!
Photos of Glaydon were taken from his online obituary.