Ivar Tveter

NAME:
Ivar Tveter
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
560908
HOME OF RECORD:
2936 29th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
NEXT OF KIN:
Parents, Karl & Pauline Tveter
DATE OF BIRTH:
2/23/1927
SERVICE DATES:
1944 – 7/30/1945
DATE OF DEATH:
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
Iwo Jima B/1/24 745 Private WIA
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 23, 1927; the son of Norwegian immigrants Karl and Pauline Tveter.

Ivar enlisted in the Marine Corps during the summer of 1944, at the age of seventeen. He trained at MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, California before being assigned to the 24th Replacement Draft as a private. His outfit was attached to the 4th Marine Division for the invasion of Iwo Jima.

At some point between February 24 and February 28, 1945, Private Tveter was assigned to Baker Company, 24th Marines as a replacement rifleman. He would serve on the front lines for only a few days. Battalion muster rolls indicate that he was wounded and evacuated on March 4; a Marine Corps casualty card gives the date as March 5, with a diagnosis of combat fatigue. A Minneapolis newspaper would later give the date as March 9, 1945.

The Minneapolis Star, 28 April 1945.

No matter the date, the result was the same: Private Tveter’s days in combat were over. He was evacuated from Iwo Jima and sent to Naval Hospital #10 at Aiea Heights, Pearl Harbor for evaluation and treatment; by May of 1945, he was back in the United States and convalescing at a facility near the Hunters Point Drydocks in San Francisco. On July 30, he was honorably discharged from a casual company at the Naval Air Station in Astoria, Oregon.

Despite being discharged, Ivar still had to re-register for selective service. Note the distinguishing physical characteristic of “wound on neck” – a remembrance of Iwo Jima.

After the war, Ivar returned to Minnesota, and is still living in Minneapolis.

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