Sgt Sydney Marvin Torgerson

Sgt Sydney Marvin Torgerson

Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 25 Oct 1943 (aged 24)
Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Plot H Row 9 Grave 105
Memorial ID 18680697 · View Source
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Sergeant, United States Marine Corps. Entered the service from Minnesota.

Obituary from the Adams Review, Adams, Minnesota, November 4, 1943:

"With this issue we commence our ninth year of publishing the Review and with it comes the hardest task we have yet endured, that of publishing the account of the death of one of Adams' finest youths and one of our best pals, Sgt. Sydney Torgerson of the U.S. Marine Corps.

"Monday evening Mrs. Clara Torgerson received a telegram from the War Department informing her of the death of her son, Sergeant Sydney Torgerson. Sydney was killed while heroically attempting to stop the advance of the enemy somewhere in the Solomon Islands. [Note: actual cause of death was accidental, not combat-related.]

"Sgt. Torgerson is Adams' second war victim, the first being his cousin, SSgt. Wilbur Koloen, and it is the second for the same family. They were both grandsons of Mrs. Betsy Lewison.

"To mourn his tragic passing he leaves his mother, Mrs. Clara Torgerson, one sister, Mrs. Aaron Huseby and one brother, Lt. Donald Torgerson who is stationed somewhere in the Pacific. Also two grandmothers, Mrs. Carrie Torgerson and Mrs. Betsy Lewison.

"As the news spread of his untimely death it seemed as though a blanket of gloom was placed over this entire community, each heart seemed to have been touched. As we attempt to express our sympathy to his bereaved mother, words seem to fail us, as it is with blurred vision that we watch the mats descend into the assembling elevator."

There is a cenotaph in his memory at Little Cedar Cemetery, Adams, Mower County, Minnesota.

From the Austin Daily Herald, November 3, 1943:
Sgt. Sydney Torgerson, 24, member of the marine corps serving overseas, has been reported killed in line of duty, according to a telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Clara T. Torgerson of Adams.

The telegram stated that Sgt. Torgerson's death was the result of a truck accident, and that a letter containing more details would follow.

Sgr. Torgerson was a cousin of Sgt. Wilbur Koloen of Adams, who was killed in action during a bombing raid over Germany June 25. The news of the death of Sgt. Koloen, who was reported missing, was not received until September. Memorial services were held for him in Adams Oct. 24.

Sgt. Torgerson was born and raised in Adams. He graduated from Adams high school with the class of 1937, and attended Luther college at Decorah, Iowa. He took over his mother's store at Adams until called into service.

He was home on furlough last April. He is survived by his mother, his sister, Mrs. Aaron Huseby of Adams, and a brother, Lt. Donald Torgerson, who is in the army overseas. His father, Oscar Torgerson, died several years ago.

From the Memorial Service Program held at Luther College in the C.K. Preus Gymnasium on Sunday, May 13, 1945:

Sergeant Sydney Marvin Torgerson, U. S. Marine Corps; born February 1, 1919; son of Mr. and Mrs. O. P. (T.) Torgerson, Adams, Minnesota; attended Luther 1937-38; killed in a truck accident on New Georgia Island, October 25, 1943.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Sydney Marvin Torgerson (1 Feb 1919–25 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18680697, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Janet Stephenson (contributor 46853083) .