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World War II vets laid to rest

November 5, 2013
ZACH JAY - Journal Ishpeming Bureau Staff (zjay@miningjournal.net) , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - Two World War II veterans were laid to rest Monday at the Ishpeming Cemetery.

Iner Swanson of the U.S. Army 40th Engineer Battalion passed away Dec. 31, and Robert E. Swanson of the U.S. Army Air Corps followed just six days later, on Jan. 5.

Both men grew up in Ishpeming and were inducted into the Army in 1942, only weeks apart.

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Members of U.S. Army and Air Force honor guards fold American flags at the interment of Iner and Robert E. Swanson at the Ishpeming Cemetery Monday. During World War II, Iner was a member of the Army 40th Engineer Battalion and Robert of the U.S. Army Air Corps. The two men were laid to rest with Lois Swanson, Robert’s sister and Iner's wife, who passed away Oct. 29. All three grew up in Ishpeming. (Photo courtesy Bjork & Zhulkie)

Lois Swanson, Robert's sister and Iner's wife, also of Ishpeming, passed away Oct. 29 and was interred at the same time as the two men.

"Both Robert and Iner just loved their experience in the military," said Robert Swanson, the son of Iner and Lois.

Honor guards from both the Army and the Air Force were present for the ceremony.

Swanson said they waited to have the ceremony for all three loved ones at the same time so that more family members could attend.

About a dozen members of the family were able to make the trip, most of them from downstate.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.

 
 

 

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