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James John (KIA) GERAETS

Saint Mary's Catholic - Dell Rapids Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

This memorial marker is placed next to the Geraets Family Marker at the Saint Marys Cemetery, Dell Rapids, Minnehaha Co., SD. He is buried at National Memoiral Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu Co., Hawaii.


James Geraets Killed In Action

Enlisted in the Navy Less
Than Year Ago; Dies
South Pacific Battle

Memorial Service Was
Held Monday

Mrs. Rose Geraets received a telegram from the U.S. Navy department on Wednesday, June 30th, stating that her son, James, had been killed in action. No particulars were given as to where and when he was killed.

James enlisted in the navy the first part of September, 1942, and was called into service on September 17th. After six weeks training he went to sea, and ever since has been in active service.

He was born on June 2, 1921, near Dell Rapids. He received his education at St. Mary's Academy.

Funeral services were held for him on Monday morning at St. Mary's church at nine o'clock. The requiem high mass was read by Father Medicus. The American Legion and Auxiliary marched in a body in his honor, also the Catholic Foresters, of which he was a member.

Beside his mother, he leaves seven brothers and five sisters, of which one brother, Clarence, is in the armed forces in North Africa.

Out-of-town relatives who were here for the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Jake Boelns, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rickerl and daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Howell and son, Lawrence, Casper Rickerl, Henry Boelns and Mrs. Kate Boelns, all of Elkton and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richerl of Bushnell, S. Dak.

Dell Rapids Tribune July 8. 1943

James John Geraets
Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy
Service # 7308044
United States Navy
Entered the Service from: South Dakota
Died: 16-Jun-43
Buried at: Plot A Row 0 Grave 663
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

Contributed on 3/18/11 by dellsfig68
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Submitted: 3/18/11 • Approved: 3/20/11 • Last Updated: 8/14/15 • R106983-G0-S3

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