|Corp. Harry Luastrup served in the US Signal Corps in Italy during WW2.|
Harry L. Laustrup never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 2, 1918 in South Dakota. His parents Hans and Caroline were born in Denmark and Sweden, respectively. His father worked as a telephone company lineman and later as a farmer and rancher. Harry had one older brother, one older sister and one younger brother. Both brothers became WW2 army veterans. By 1940 Harry had completed eight years of schooling. He was living at home and worked on the family ranch.
He was drafted into the army on March 18, 1942. He served in the signal corps and arrived in Italy in the summer of 1943 where he reached the rank of TEC 5. His gravestone says he served in the 115 3rd Sig. Co. The signal corp provided communication and command support for the Peninsular Base Section. Those in the signal corp were rarely at the front lines for any length of time. Corporal Laustrup died on July 28, 1944 when he fell from a moving truck and fractured his skull.
His grave is at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Last year on this date I profiled MIA P-38 pilot Robert Holden. You can read about Robert here.
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