Branch: U. S. Army
Status: Deceased Veteran
Date of Service: WWII
Home Town: Popple Twnshp.
George Waldemar Stavig was born July 22, 1905 in East Grand Forks, Minnesota to Bernt and Jetta Cherum Stavig. He had five brothers: Bennie, Halcomb, Ernest, Arnold and Reuben, plus four sisters: Alice, Tilda, Josie and Doris. The Stavigs came to their farm on Highway 2 west of Bagley in 1916. The children all attended Minnow Lake School, now the Popple Town Hall. George attended through the 8th grade, then went into farming.
George was farming on a farm adjoining his family’s farm when he registered for the draft in October of 1940. He enlisted in the Army on March 5, 1942 at 36 years of age. He served in New Guinea, Mindanao, Leyte in the Philippines and New Caledonia as an infantryman with HQ Company, 24th Infantry Division. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. George was honorably discharged September 28, 1945.
George and his wife Lois resided in Willits, California after the war and George was an equipment operator. He died in a tragic accident in Sonoma on July 3, 1964 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Mendocino, California.
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