Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Rydeen of the Clearbrook vicinity were in receipt of a telegram from the United States Adjutant General informing them of the death of their son in a Japanese prison camp. The telegram stated that a report has been received by the War Department from the Japanese government through the International Red Cross that their son, Pvt. Ernest A Rydeen, previously reported a prisoner of war, died on June 29th in Japan. The Adjutant General extended his sympathy and states that a letter would follow.
Pvt. Rydeen was staioned on the Pgilippine Islands for about two years before the Japanese conquered that base. He was a member of the greatly outnumbered American Air Force stationed there at that time. According to telegram received last winter, he was taken prisoner and was being held on the Pgilippine Islands. Earlier he had been reported missing in action since May 7th, 1942.
Relatives are anxiously awaiting the letter from the War Department to learn the cause of his death. Reports coming from the Japanese prison camps indicate that a large number of prisoners have died from typhoid fever and other diseases which are caused by neglect. A few also have been exicuted by the Japanese.
Ernest A. Rydeen was born June 15, 1921, at Clearbrook, being only 22 years of age at the time of his tragic death. He had spent practically all of his life in that community and attended Northwest School of Agriculture at Crookston from which he graduated in 1940. Shortly after graduation he entered the Army and was a pursuit pilot in the Air Force. He was a member of the Bethsaida Lutheran Church of Clearbrook and was baptized and confirmed in that church. He was energetic and diligent in many activities and won several trips to the State Fair as a 4-H club mmber. He was also a member of the livestock judging team of the Northwest School of Agriculture.
He is survived by his parents and five sisters and two brothers. These are: Mrs. Dorothy Grue of Leonard; Mrs. Edna Dahlke of Clearbrook; Mrs. Martha Johnson of Hayfield; Florence Rydeen of Knoblick, Missouri; Lucille Rydeen at hme; Edmund Rydeen in the U.S. Coast Guard at Olympia, Washington; and Ruben Rydeen at home.
Impressive memorial services were held Sunday afternoon in the Clearbrook High School auditorium for Pvt. Ernest A. Rydeen who died in a Japanese prison camp last summer. A very large crowd attended the services and veterans of both World Wars 1 and 2 were present in uniform.
The American Legion had charge of the services with O.E. Lewis of Bagley presiding. Rev. G. Harold Lundgren gave the sermon and Superintendent T.M. McCall of the Northwest School of Agriculture at Crookston als gave a talk.
Other number during the services were the singing og the "Star Spangled Banner" by the audience; "My Country," by the girls choir; "Hold the Fort," by Proffesor L.M. Ness; "The Vacant Chair," by Mrs. Olai Westrum. An Abundance of floral offering and memorial were made.
Private Ernest A. Rydeen, U.S. Army Air Corps, was born June 15, 1921, at Clearbrook, Minnesota, being 22 years and 14 days of age at the time of his tragic death. He voluntarilly enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Service September 5, 1940, and was stationed in the Philippine Islands for about two years before the Japanese conquered that base. He was a member of the greatly out numbered American Air Force stationed there at the time and was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese May 7th, 1942, and died on June 29th, 1943, in Hoten, Prisoner of War Camp at Mukden, Manchukuo.
Pvt. Rydeen was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church of Clearbrook, in which he was bapized and confirmed. He was energetic and diligent in many activities and won several trips to the State Fair as a 4-H club member. In 1932-34-36-37 he was an honor roll graduate of Junior Livestock show. While attending the Northwest School of Agriculture, he was a member of the livestock judging team, and graduated from that school with the class of 1940.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Rydeen, and five sisters and two brothers. These are: Mrs. Dorothy Grue of Leonard; Mrs. Edna Dahlke of Clearbrook; Mrs. Martha Johnson of Hayfield; Florence Rydeen of St. Louis, Missouri; Lucille Rydeen of Home; Edmund Rydeen of the U.S. Coast Guard at Olympia, Washington; and Reuben Rydeen at home.
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