|Pvt Peterson's 34th Division profiled by Saturday Evening Post.|
Ivar L. Peterson could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 10, 1917 in Sweden. His parents were both also born in Sweden. The family moved to American in 1927.
We don't know when Ivar enlisted in the Army, but he was a private in Company K, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. The 34th Division was active in the Italian theater. Pvt. Peterson died on June 8, 1944. On that date his company was advancing through Vetrella on the way to Rome. Enemy resistance was light and only one other 135th Regiment soldier was killed that day. There was also a tragic strafing of the unit by American planes. We don't know if Pvt. Peterson was killed by the enemy or the strafing.
86 soldiers from Company K died during the war. Considering a company has about 200 men, that is a significant number of fallen from one company.
His remains were returned to be buried at Rock Island Cemetery in Illinois.
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