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2nd Lt. Russel Loyd Krueger - Fallen

New Salem, ND
County: Morton
World War II - Fallen
Date of Loss: June 15, 1944 / Age: 22
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

Killed in Action at the Battle of Hedgerows in Normandy France on June 15, 1944 at the age of 22. His only child Russel "Rusty" was born 7 months later. 

Buried in a temporary military cemetery at St. Mereglise on June 23, 1944. March 17, 1948 he was disinterred and returned home arriving in Mandan, Morton County, North Dakota on June 4, 1949. He was buried in Lot A Graves 9 and 10, south side addition at Mandan union Cemetery on June 12, 1949.

Name included on All Veterans Memorial located on the State Capitol Grounds Bismarck North Dakota under Morton County section.

Name included on page 815 of the Registrer of North Dakota Veterans World War II. 


Born January 21, 1922 in New Salem, Morton County, North Dakota to Erwin adn Ella (Mann) Kruger. Graduated from New Salem High School in 1939. Graduated University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degreee in philosophy in May of 1943. 

Resident of Morton County. Entered US Army at Fort Leavenworth Kansas on 30 June 1943. attended training at Camp Polk Louisiana and Camp Livingston Louisiana. Commissioner as a second lieutenant at Fort Benning Georgia oin November 1943. 

December 14, 1943 he married Clara Kautzmann at his parents home in Bismarck. On may 5, 1944 he was shipped overseas to England whith the 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. He landed with the second wave on Utah Beach on D-Day (June 6, 1944)