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Staff Sgt. Gilbert F. Van Keuren - Fallen

Jamestown, ND
County: Stutsman
World War II - Fallen
Date of Loss: April 10, 1945 / Age: 28
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Killed in action in the Netherlands.

Buried at Netherlands American Cemetery. Received Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart awards.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial State Capitol Grounds Bismarck North Dakota under the county of Stutsman.

Memorialized at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.

Gilbert F. Van Keuren

World War II

Service #

37089987

Rank

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

Unit

813th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Entered Service From

North Dakota

Date of Death

April 10, 1945

Buried

Plot D Row 18 Grave 23
Netherlands American Cemetery

Margraten, Netherlands

 

Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster

Purple Heart

From Register of North Dakota Veterans WWII and Korea page 1528:

VAN KEUREN, GILBERT F. SN 37 089 987; born

Buffalo, NDak 12 Sep 17; resident Stutsman County,

NDak; entered AUS Ft Snelling, Minn 17 Jul 41;

served European African Middle Eastern Theater;

KIA 10 Apr 45 Germany; SSG; buried in Plot D, Row

18, Grave 23, Netherlands, Holland.

 

From Fields of Honor Database: 

VAN KEUREN, Gilbert F

Servicenumber: 37089987

 

 

 

 

Age: 27
Born: 12 September 1917, North Dakota
Hometown: Jamestown, Stutsman County, North Dakota
Family: Frank Van Keuren (father)
Florence A. (Thompson) Van Keuren (mother)
Margaret Van Keuren (sister)
Kathryn Van Keuren (sister)
Nelda Van Keuren (sister)
Phyllis Van Keuren (sister)
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Function: Platoon Leader
Regiment: -
Battalion: 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion
Division – Transport: -
Company – Squadron: C Company
Unit – Group: -
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
-
Date of death: 10 April 1945
Status: KIA
Place of death: Near Bochum, Germany
Spot: Not available
Awards: Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot D, Row 18, Grave 23
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Margraten
Biography: -
Other information:

Gilbert F. Van Keuren entered the service from North Dakota. He was among the first Americans to land in North Africa. He fought through the North African, Sicilian and southern Italy campaigns and then took part in the invasion of France.

He was Killed in Action when a mortar barrage fell near one of the platoons positions.

 

Source of information: Jac Engels, Peter Schouteten, Astrid van Erp, www.abmc.gov, www.wwiimemorial.comwww.wwiimemorial.comwww.findagrave.comwww.tankdestroyer.netwww.ancestry.com - Family Trees, www.newspapers.com - Eau Claire Leader

Photo source: www.findagrave.com - Fred Munckhof