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Iver Yeager - World War II

Iver Yeager grew up during the depression on a small ranch in northwestern South Dakota, attending a one room school and doing plenty of chores on the ranch. He was attending Macalester College in St. Paul, MN when Pearl Harbor occurred, and after graduating went through officers training at Plattsburg, New York and Hollywood Florida. He was assigned to the USS Dyson, a Fletcher-class destroyer cruising the dangerous waters of the western Pacific. His ship survived both a horrific typhoon and kamikaze attacks while supporting the fighting on Okinawa.

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Cheese on Pie

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up on S. Dakota ranch

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Service as naval officer on USS Dyson in Pacific theater

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Anson, Elise, and Iver Yeager, circa 1925.

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Unknown

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circa 1925

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narrator’s photo

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Anson and Iver Yeager in Denver in 1924.

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Denver

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1924

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narrator’s photo

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Anson Yeager and Anders Thingelstad, holding Iver Yeager, in South Dakota circa 1925.

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South Dakota

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circa 1925

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Narrator’s photo

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Nels Afdahl’s home on U.S. 212, east of Nels Afdahl’s home on U.S. 212, east of Marine, South Dakota in the late 1950s. This is where Ivers and his family moved after his mother’s marriage to Nels in 1933.

Where:

Marine, South Dakota

When:

late 1950s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Sod school house in Meade County, South Dakota, spring of 1911. Iver’s aunt Mony Thinglestad and mother Elise Thinglestad are third and fourth from left.

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Meade County, South Dakota

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Spring of 1911

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Narrator’s photo

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Newell High School Football team, 1939. Iver is second from the left in the front row.

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Newell High School

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1939

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Narrator's Photo

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Newell High School Speech Club, 1939-1940. Iver is farthest to the right in the front row.

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Newell High School

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1939-1940

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Unknown

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U.S.S. Dyson, DD 572, a Fletcher-class destroyer launched in April, 1942.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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U.S.S. Dyson on a calm sea, circa mid-1940s.

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Unknown

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circa mid-1940s

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Iver Yeager aboard the U.S.S. Dyson, circa 1945.

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U.S.S. Dyson

When:

Circa 1945

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Natalee Carlender and Ivan Yeager at their wedding in March, 1946 in Minneapolis.

Where:

Minneapolis

When:

March, 1946

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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