Posted by: notsofancynancy | March 6, 2014

Honoring Harry Dahlstrom

It is with a heavy heart I have to post the only known living member of the original 1941, 110th Quartermaster has passed away. When I first started the journey through my father’s letters someone told me about Harry Dahlstrom. I feel blessed that I got to have one phone conversation with him. He became my last link to my father and his days in training to go overseas. I am sad to think there are no others left that I know of and so now preserving their memories lies on my shoulders. I feel blessed I have so much to preserve.

Provided by the Cain Family, Ft. Four men AJ Bud Meyers, Melvin Amen, Ed O'Shea, Don Johnson, 2nd row: OC Gustafson, Axtel, Eldon Anderson, Jim O'Dell, Edison, Marvin Cain. Back Row Don Clayton, Ardra Franzen, Kearney, Rod Johnson, Roy Pearson, Harry Dahlstrom, Bill Maska, Minden, Burdette Weedlund, Minden, and Henry Hansen, Grand Island

Provided by the Cain Family, Ft. Four men AJ Bud Meyers, Melvin Amen, Ed O’Shea, Don Johnson, 2nd row: OC Gustafson, Axtel, Eldon Anderson, Jim O’Dell, Edison, Marvin Cain. Back Row Don Clayton, Ardra Franzen, Kearney, Rod Johnson, Roy Pearson, Harry Dahlstrom, Bill Maska, Minden, Burdette Weedlund, Minden, and Henry Hansen, Grand Island

Once the 110th QM got to Camp Robinson Mr. Dahlstrom was transferred out of the division. Harry ended up in the Pacific Theater Operation while those that stayed with the division went to Europe.

Harry Dahlstrom Courtesy of the Prairie Museum

Harry Dahlstrom Courtesy of the Prairie Museum

Here is a copy of his obituary.

Memorial Services for Harry D. Dahlstrom will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jeff Adams officiating.  Private family interment will be held prior to the services in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege with military honors conducted by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the U.S. Army National Guard Military Honors Team.   

     Harry D. Dahlstrom, 94 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Holdrege Memorial Homes.  Harry was born on May 1, 1919 on a farm eleven miles northwest of Holdrege in Phelps County Nebraska, the sixth son and eighth child of nine born to Elmer and Johannah (Asplund) Dahlstrom.  He attended Ash Grove School District #9 into the 7th grade.  The family then moved to Sumner, Nebraska in 1930, and lived there until March 1933 at which time the family returned to Phelps County, where they resided eleven miles north of Holdrege.  Harry completed his high school career at Holdrege High School, graduating with the class of 1935.    

     After a year out of school doing farm work and saving enough money to attend college, Harry became a student at Kearney State Teachers College for two years.  He was then employed at the Phelps County Court House, working for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), the farm program, measuring land and working in the office.  It was there he met Evelyn Ann “Ev” Youngquist, who later became his wife.    

     In November of 1940, he joined the Holdrege National Guard Unit, Co. A of the 110th Quartermaster Regiment, which was activated into Federal Service at the Holdrege City Auditorium on December 23, 1940.  In January 1941, the unit was sent to Camp Robinson at Little Rock, Arkansas.  The unit went on maneuvers in the summer of 1941, first to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, then to Louisiana. Coming home from the Tennessee maneuvers, one of the soldiers apparently yelled at some young ladies on a golf course. Nearby was Lieut. Gen. Ben Lear, who in anger recalled the unit to Memphis after they had reached their area at Camp Robinson.  The unit became known as the YooHoo Boys throughout the nation.  After Pearl Harbor, the company was transported by troop train to Fort Ord, California just before Christmas in 1941.  Later stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo, California, Harry and Ev were united in marriage in an Army chapel on January 24, 1942.  Moving to Van Nuys, California for a short time, Harry left the outfit to attend Officer Candidate School.  He obtained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant at Camp Lee, Virginia in November 1942 and was assigned to the 47th QM Truck Regiment at Fort Ord.  In 1943, he was appointed commander of the newly activated 3473rd QM Truck Company.  Many of his personnel had no driving experience, so he and his other officers trained them to drive 2 ½ ton cargo trucks.  He went with his company to the South Pacific in September 1944, going first to New Guinea, then to Luzon Island in the Philippines and finally to Japan in late 1945. He returned to San Francisco, California just before Christmas in 1945 and was honorably discharged from the military service on February 26, 1946.  Following his service, he and Ev returned to Holdrege, where they raised their only daughter, Jane.   

     His first job at home in Holdrege was as the Veterans Service Officer for a brief time, after which he went to work for Allmand Bros. Mfg. Company in the office and later selling Allmand welders to dealers and also to farmers.    

     In 1955, he worked in the home improvement business for a year.  Harry then began a career with Investors Diversified Services (IDS), which later became known as American Express Financial Advisors.  Harry continued to serve clients at American Express until his retirement in 1999 at the age of 80.    

     Harry was active in the community, serving on the boards of ESU 11, the Phelps County Community Foundation, and the Phelps County Historical Society. He was also active in the First United Methodist Church, the Holdrege Rotary Club, the Holdrege Chamber of Commerce and in many other community activities.   

     Harry loved Holdrege and Phelps County, and he was very interested in people.  His philosophy was to make a new friend at every opportunity.  He loved sharing a good joke, having a lively political discussion, and he was a proud Democrat in a Republican town and state.  He enjoyed sailing his boat at Johnson Lake, and he insisted that his coffee was hot and black.  Music was important to him throughout his life, from the time he sang solos in church as a child, sang in several barbershop quartets, led the singing at Rotary Club meetings, and sang in the church choir.  One of Harry’s loves was Big Band and Jazz music.  Harry and Ev enjoyed dancing to the Big Bands at the Holdrege City Auditorium and in California during WW II.  Harry served as a Big Band DJ for various events in the community, and for a time he had a radio program on KUVR, playing big band standards for the Senior Center radio show.  Photography was a hobby for much of his life, and he and his camera captured scenes in California and the South Pacific during WW II and beautiful landscapes around Phelps County and Nebraska.   

     Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ev on March 1, 2006; five brothers: Lawrence, Roy, Eldon, John Morris and Ralph; and three sisters: Orpha Dahlstrom, Evelyn Watson and Lois Jean Dahlstrom.   

     Harry is survived by his daughter, Jane Dahlstrom-Quinn and her husband, Donald of Evergreen, Colorado; two grandsons: Michael Quinn of Evergreen and Patrick Quinn of Denver, Colorado; one sister-in-law, Kathryn Dahlstrom of Auburn, California; three nieces:  Karen Everett (Richard) of Omaha, Linda Burdick (Don) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Jennifer Baker of Colfax, California; three nephews:  James Watson (Velda) of Lincoln, Bud Dahlstrom (Brenda) of Waverly, Nebraska, and Mark Dahlstrom (Keri) of Nevada City, California; and a host of other family members and friends.  The couple were blessed to have as part of their family an American Field Service Foreign Exchange Student, Jessica Grob who presently resides with her family in Santiago, Chile.    

     Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.    

     A memorial has been established in Harry’s honor and kindly suggested to the Phelps County Historical Society, the Phelps County Community Foundation – Harry and Evelyn Dahlstrom Scholarship Fund, the First United Methodist Church of Holdrege, or a charity of the donor’s choice.   

     Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at http://www.nelsonbauerfh.com   

     The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

Rest in peace Mr. Dahlstrom and tell my Dad I miss him.

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Responses

  1. That was a wonderful tribute. And I had tears in my eyes as I read the last sentence.

    • Awe! Thank you even though I did not know him he was the last link. Sad to see him go.

  2. Betcha cried at the end…..

  3. Impressive blog. I will return. Hugs, Barbara

    • Thanks and thank for following me. If I can ever answer any questions let me know!


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