Erickson, Floyd (Interview transcript and video), 2017

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Erickson, Floyd (Interview transcript and video), 2017

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Smither, James (Interviewer)

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Floyd Erickson was born in 1922 in Gwinn, Michigan, a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, 18-miles south of Marquette. Erickson grew up in Gwinn and eventually after graduating high school in 1941, went to Detroit to work in a factory making airplane parts. A year after Pearl Harbor, Erickson moved home to Gwinn because he knew he would be drafted soon. Nearly a year after Pearl Harbor, Erickson reported for duty in February in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He was then sent to Camp Roberts in California for basic training. It was from here that Erickson was assigned to the 87th Infantry Regiment, part of the 10th Mountain Division. Erickson’s first assignment was to Kiska in Japan. However, after a month he was sent to Camp Hale, Colorado. As 1944 approached, Erickson and his regiment were sent to Italy, where his regiment spent most of their time. Eventually, due to his service and helping when his fellow soldiers were injured, Erickson was awarded a Bronze Star. Quickly after, Erickson received orders to go home as the war was over in Europe in May 1945. Despite offers to move up as a Technical Sergeant, Erickson decided to leave the Army and get married to his wife. Erickson then went into construction where he worked in the industry for over 60 years.

Date

2017-03

Rights

video/mp4
application/pdf

Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI, 49401.

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

EricksonF2156V

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In Copyright

Type

Moving Image
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Language

eng

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Erickson, Floyd H., “Erickson, Floyd (Interview transcript and video), 2017,” Digital Collections, accessed September 26, 2022, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/48923.
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