|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1925|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1945|
Alvin Backen of Route 4 Killed in Action – Okinawa
Made Sacrifice on Field of Battle June 6, War Dep't Telegram Tells
Fighting for the capture of Okinawa has claimed the life of another Dunn County solider.
Pfc. Alvin Backen, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Backen, Route 4, Menomonie, was killed in action June 6 on Okinawa, according to a War Department telegram received by the parents Monday morning. The Backen farm is about 4 ½ miles southeast of Downsville.
Pfc. Backen was fighting as a member of the Infantry when he made the supreme sacrifice on the field of battle. He has been in the service since July 26, 1944. When he first went into the service he was in the Tank Corps. And received his training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He has been overseas five months and two months ago he was transferred to the Infantry.
Pfc. Backen graduated from the Durand Highs School in 1944. He attended the Dunnville School before entering high school.
In December he was home on a two-weeks furlough and went overseas in February.
Pfc. Backen received the Combat Infantry badge the first of many.
He was a member of the 96th Division.
Besides his parents, Pfc. Backen is survived by one brother, Ervin, and one sister, Alice, both at home.
Pfc. Backen was born in Dunn County September 28, 1925.
Obituary is from the Dunn City News, dated 11 July 1945.
Information below is from Carol Strayer's research:
Alvin is the son of Arthur and Velma Backen and the grandson of Ole and Anna (Brostrom) Backen and the great grandson of Nicholas and Louisa (Dahlberg) Brostrom. His grandparents and great grandparents immigrated from Sweden. Alivin is the and the 2nd Cousin of Robert Fagerlind married Carol Strayer's 3rd Cousin Elmonda Johnson.
Arthur L Backen (1893 - 1949)
Velma Mae Bailey Bolles (1903 - 1992)
Alvin Backen (1925 - 1945)
Ervin Eugene Backen (1927 - 1963)*
Alice M Backen Slotevig (1934 - 2008)*
Plot: Section 35
Created by: Carol Strayer
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34661537
Thank you for not only serving your country, but also willing to die for the cause of freedom. Young men like you are the true Hero's of this world. Rest in peace.|
Added: Mar. 10, 2009