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Alton Jewel Bertels
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Birth: Aug. 1, 1914
Minnesota, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 1945, China

Alton Jewel Bertels was born on Aug 1, 1914 in Minnesota to John M. and Anna P. Bertels. He joined the US Marine Corps on Feb 21, 1938. He had attained the rank of Sergeant and was a guard at the US Embassy in Peking when he was ordered to surrender to the Japanese on Dec 8, 1941. He interned in the POW camp at Kiangwan, China. He died there on Mar 23, 1945 from pulmonary TB. His body was cremated. He received the Prisoner of War medal posthumously.
Sources:,, Application for Headstone or Marker for US Veteran made on Jan 22, 1949 by his father; WWII casualty list
(submitted by VeraMarie)

MN SGT US Marine Corps
Malmo Cemetery
Aitkin County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Kathy Merris Mills
Record added: Oct 17, 2009
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Alton Jewel Bertels
Added by: Kathy Merris Mills
Alton Jewel Bertels
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- Sylvia Bertels Haffner
 Added: Mar. 23, 2013

- Kathy Merris Mills
 Added: Oct. 17, 2009

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