World War II Honor Roll

Aarne O. Erickson

Private First Class, U.S. Army


Company G
413th Infantry Regiment
104th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: December 3, 1944
Buried at: Beverly National Cemetery
                  Beverly NJ         
Awards: Purple Heart

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS AARNE OSCAR ERICKSON, born in Pennsylvania on October 18, 1918, was the son of Eric and Signe Erickson. His father had been born in Sweden, his mother in what became Finland after the Russian revolution of 1917. The family moved about quite a bit before and after he was born. An older brother, Fred, had been born in Massachusetts in 1916 and another borthr, Charles, in New Jersey around 1917. The 1920 Census shows the family in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Eric Erickson worked as a farm laborer to support his family. The Ericksons appear in the 1928 Camden City Directory at 27 Morse Street in East Camden, a two story frame house located on Morse between Watson and Berwick Streets. The family was still living in Camden in the early 1930s. Aarne O. Erickson completed two years of high school at Woodrow Wilson High School on Federal Street. By 1941 Aarne O. Erickson and his mother were living at 1150 Penn Street, Camden NJ.  

Aarne Erickson on April 26, 1941 married Catherine Christina Baldwin of 435 Chambers Avenue at Epiphany Evangelist Lutheran Church in Camden. They had an infant son William Aarne. The Erickson family lived at 13 East Collingswood Avenue, in Oaklyn NJ. Private Erickson had worked for the Mathis shipyard in Camden NJ prior to entering the Army on April 6, 1944. He was sent overseas as a replacement in September of 1944 and assigned to Company G, 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division.

Private Erickson was killed in action on December 3, 1944 in Germany on the last day of the battle to take the city of Inden. He was survived by his wife, child, and mother, and by two brothers, Charles, of Camden NJ, and Robert of Los Angeles CA. Upon news of his death, funeral services for Aarne Erickson were held at the Epiphany Evangelist Lutheran Church at North 7th and Market Streets in Camden NJ.

Aarne Erickson was brought home to New Jersey in December of 1947. He was buried on December 19, 1947 at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ. As evidenced by a newspaper article and the Army's Interment Control Form, the date of his death which is inscribed on his headstone is in error.


December 17, 1942

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U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Form