Fireman Third Class Glaydon Iverson

Memorial Day Memories{A Blog Link-up}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.

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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.

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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.

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Rest in peace Gladyon Iverson and thank you for your service!

Photos of Glaydon were taken from his online obituary.

History Thesis Part 2

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Just a few of my research books.

Please forgive my absence from this blog. School has been very hectic lately with it being my senior year and my last semester begun back in January. In a previous blog post titled History Thesis (which you can read here), I had no idea what to do my thesis on. At first, I thought I needed something unique. Something no one had done before. Turns out I really didn’t need that. That comes later on when you are in graduate school. Speaking of which I was accepted to grad school two weeks ago!

Anyway, I thought I had found the perfect research topic: Japanese-American POW camps in Hawaii. There was plenty of primary sources on it. But even though I found this side to WWII history fascinating, I thought it might be too overwhelming to handle on top of the rest of the classes I am taking this semester.

So over Christmas break, my dad and I watched this incredible movie based on a book titled The Churchill Secret: KBO by Jonathon Smith. I have not read the book but I’ve heard that it is accurate for the most part. The only fictional thing about is Churchill’s nurse. She did not exist. Anyway, the movie is called Churchill’s Secret and it aired on Masterpiece Classic last year. It is about a stroke Churchill endured in 1953. It was so severe that Winston did not want the world to know about it. It is briefly mentioned in the television show,  The Crown (it is episode 7 in case you wondering).

After watching it, I thought “why don’t I do a paper on Churchill. After all, I greatly admire the Churchill family.” The problem with this was so many historians have written about Winston because he was one of the greatest men to live during the twentieth century!

So I decided to write my thesis on Clementine Churchill, his wife. A woman who history has forgotten in the sense that her role during the Second World War has not been properly written about nor has she been given credit when she deserved it.

So that is my paper.

On a different note, I have a new author website. You can find it here, Writing History. The website contains information regarding my books, my love of WWII history, my passion for England (Anglophile!), writing, and my passion for books!

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History Thesis

This is my last year as an undergraduate. I will be graduating in May with BA in both History and English. And then on to grad school to pursue a Masters in WWII history. That being said next semester I begin my senior seminar for History. However, I feel that it is best to get ahead of the game and figure out exactly what I want my paper to be on.

I know I want my paper to focus on an aspect of the Second World War. I have toyed around with Tuskegee Airmen, the Sullivan Brothers, and Pearl Harbor. All of these are great topics but I keep coming back to Pearl Harbor. Part of the reason for this is because it is the 75th Anniversary of the attack. Yet Pearl Harbor is an aspect of the war that is the most researched and written about. I have no idea what aspect of the attack to write on. One that is unique and hasn’t been covered before.

A part of me wants to do it on the Sullivan Brothers but I don’t know how many sources are out there on them. I will be visiting the Sullivan Brothers museum in Cedar Falls Iowa on Friday. Hopefully that will help.

So I have no idea what exactly to write on. Any suggestions would be most helpfully.

On a side note, I will be uploading a newsletter very soon. So stay tuned for that.

Remember Pearl Harbor

Arizona-Memorial1Back in the summer, I came upon an article that discussed the new documentary coming out in December for the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to see it! However, as I read on, my enthusiasm sort of deflated. This new documentary  was going to premiere in Hawaii on Ford’s Island. No where did I see it was going to be aired on TV. I was still happy but at the same time sad because I could not see it.

However, that changed today. Before you think I am able to travel to Hawaii, sadly, no. I am not traveling to Hawaii. I wish I was. After the 4th of December, Remember Pearl Harbor will air on 100 PBS stations. I can’t wait!

Here is a description of the documentary:

“Remember Pearl Harbor” focuses on the personal stories of those who were there at the time of the 1941 attacks. It includes never before seen footage and HD drone footage, along with interviews for WWII veterans, Hawaiian citizens and an interview with Mitsuo Fucida, the leader of the Japanese air attack.

You can find a trailer for the documentary here.

A Genealogy Resource Room for WWII History

Today I came across an interesting article on From the Fields of Gettysburg, the official blog of Gettysburg National Park. The article was on a new room they created in the Gettysburg National Park and Museum. This room is a resource room and a place where anyone can come and conduct genealogical research on a family member who served during the Civil War. And it is free.

I think this is a wonderful thing and should be done for WWII veterans and relatives of a WWII veteran. My great-grandfather served during WWII. It is believed that he served on board the USS Saratoga but whenever I have searched the ship’s crew list his name is not on them. But because I am a great-granddaughter I can not access information directly from the military or national archives because I’m not his daughter.

I find this to be unfair. Anyone who is interested in finding out information about their relatives who served during any war should be allowed access to it.

The Birth of a World War II Buff

the-new-youMy interest in history can be traced all the way back to when I was a child. Even if at the time I hated writing book reports on a boring history series my mother had my siblings and I read.

My interest of World War II history, on the other hand, was not planted till I was twelve years old living in CT. My love for this time period did not begin where you may think.

But rather in the far off country of Denmark. Let me clarify.

I had to read a book for school and write a book review on it. I chose Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Great book. It was set in Denmark right before the German occupation. It was about these two girls one of which was Jewish. I was so impressed by the Danish Resistance and their magnificent rescue of their Jewish population before the Germans began rounding them up I went to the local library and requested all the books I could find on the Danish Resistance.

The seed had been planted.

However, my interest didn’t really pique till my father introduced me to the British Television show Foyle’s War which is set in the picturesque town of Hastings, England during the 1940s and revolves around this detective named Foyle. I highly recommend it.

From there my interest skyrocketed and I became immersed in all areas of the war ranging from Britain’s involvement to resistance movements to D-Day to Pearl Harbor. As well as reading historical novels set during this time period.

Thus a World War II history buff was born.

How did your interest in World War II history began? Did it start in Europe or America? Let us know in the comments below.

 

The Legacy of Winston Churchill

Winston-Churchill-with-Clementine-294190History is full of great memorable leaders that have made their mark on the world. World War II had many brilliant memorable leaders. One such leader was Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill is by far my favorite British prime minister. His well written speeches are worth reading and memorizing. His bravery against Hitler is worth noting and his leadership skills are worth learning.

There are many books dedicated to the life of Winston Churchill and his family. There are also societies named in his honor. One such one is New Orleans, Louisiana.

The goal of the society to preserve the legacy of this great man.

This year the National World War II Museum in New Orleans is hosting their annual The Churchill Society of New Orleans Inaugural Annual Orlin Russel Corey Memorial Lecture.

The topic of this year’s lecture focuses on Clementine Churchill, Winston’s wife and is hosted by Sonia Purnell. A woman Churchill himself said he could not have won the war without. The lecture is being held on Tuesday, September 13th from 5:00-7:30.

For those who can not attend in person can watch it live. You can find the link here. Tune in with The World War II Enthusiast.