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Everan J Peterson (1922 - 1944)

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Everan J Peterson
1922 - 1944
Born
December 27, 1922
Ovid, Bear Lake County, Idaho United States 83254
Death
July 24, 1944
Normandy, County, France
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Bear Lake County, Idaho United States
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Everan J Peterson was born on December 27, 1922 in Ovid, Idaho United States. He died on July 24, 1944 in France at 21 years old. We know that Everan J Peterson had been residing in Bear Lake County, Idaho United States.
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Everan was killed before I was born so I never knew him. In 1965, I was talking with his brother, Alvoid who told me that Everan worked in a mine up Montpelier Canyon before he joined the Army. He couldn't afford antifreeze for his car. During the winter, he would put water into the radiator when leaving home, drain it when he arrived at the mine and then fill it and drain it again in the evening. I was told by my mother that when Everan's vicarious temple ordinances were performed in the Logan LDS Temple, that Everan appeared to the man who did the ordinances for him and expressed thanks to him for having done the work. As mentioned in his obituary, Everan sent a letter to his family after he arrived in France and it was published in The News-Examiner on July 27, 1944. It follows: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Peterson of Ovid received the following letter, written July 17, by their son, Pvt Everan J. Peterson, somewhere in France. Pvt Peterson is a parachutist and jumped to the Normandy Peninsula on D-Day: Dear Folks, How is everything at home by now? I am getting along fine and everything is about as good as can be expected. I guess you know by now that I jumped over here on D-Day. Boy, what a day that was. The Germans were all ready and waiting for us. They threw everything they had at us. It was two days before the beach landing forces got to where we were located. Boy, we were sure glad to see them. You can follow my division by reading the papers, see what we are doing and about where we are. Things are not so bad here now, but it rains just about every day. Most of the people here are quite friendly. They sure are poor though, I don't see what they live on. Nearly all the towns I've seen were shelled just about to the ground and all the homes with them. Every farm house you come to has three or four barrels of cider. Most of them will give you all you want to drink. Tell everyone hello and don't worry about me. I'll write as often as I can. Love, Your son Everan
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Everan Peterson was born on in Ovid, Bear Lake County, Idaho United States 83254
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Everan Peterson died on in Normandy, County, France
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c. July 1944
Ovid, Bear Lake County, Idaho United States 83254
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Military serial#: 39909843 Enlisted: February 15, 1943 in Pocatello Idaho Military branch: Branch Immaterial Warrant Officers, Usa Rank: Private, Selectees (enlisted Men) Terms of enlistment: Enlistment For The Duration Of The War Or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion Of The President Or Otherwise According To Law
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OVID MAN KILLED IN ACTION ON JULY 24 Private Everan Peterson, 21, was killed in action July 24, according to information received Tuesday from the Adjutant General by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Peterson of Ovid. In a letter written to his parents from somewhere in France under the date of July 17, which appeared in last week's News-Examiner, Private Peterson, a paratrooper, told of his jump to the Normandy peninsula on D-Day. He entered the service in February, 1943. Private Peterson was born December 27, 1922 in Ovid, and attended school there, graduating as valedictorian of his class. Besides his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Alvoid Peterson of Camp Adair, Oregon, Walter, Dean, and Gary Peterson, all of Ovid
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In 1922, in the year that Everan J Peterson was born, from October 22nd - 29th, 3,000 men of Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party marched on Rome. (Mussolini waited in Milan, he did not participate in the March.) The day after the March Mussolini went to Rome and the King of Italy handed over power to Mussolini, in part because he was supported by the military, the business class, and the right-wing factions of Italy.

In 1930, he was only 8 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1935, at the age of merely 13 years old, Everan was alive when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1944, in the year of Everan J Peterson's passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

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