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Lloyd Vincent Amundson
(1933 - 2007)

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Name: Mr Lloyd Vincent Amundson
Nick Name: Chrome Dome, Amy, Chuck, Junior
Gender: Male
Age: 74 years old
Lived: Tuesday, 13 June 1933 - Saturday, 1 December 2007

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In Honor and Memory of Lloyd V Amundson

Born June 13, 1933 in Postville, Iowa to Lloyd Edward Amundson (born July 13, 1909 in rural Elgin, died Jan 1, 1984 Guttenberg, IA and Purple Heart Veteran of World War II) and Viola (Jones) Amundson.

Lloyd was the grandson of Johan Adolf and Gina (Ruroden) Amundson, and great grandson of Hans Rikard 1930 (age 82) and Martine 1937 (age 87) Amundson all whom had originally immigrated to the USA from Norway.
 
Lloyd was married to Mary Ann Weadge near Muscoda, Wisconsin on January 2, 1955 who later preceded him on December 29, 1969 (age 33).
 
He was remarried to Barbara Ann Kuehl on November 8, 1970 at the Highland Church in rural Elkader, Iowa.
 
Also preceding him was his Mother Viola 1936 (age) , brother Burdel 1937, (age 3) , newborn daughter Cindee Jo 1957 , father Lloyd E. January 1, 1984 (age 74), step mother Bernice "Kuhse" Amundson (age), sister Marlene Meyer (age) , and Grandson Nathan Lloyd Walmer June 20, 2007 (age 20). Lloyd is survived by wife Barbara of Livingston WI, sisters Rose Mary (L'Dean) Tielbar of Farmersburg, IA, Linda Buechler of Independence, IA, Rita (Bill) Leliefeld of Gutternberg, IA, daughter Gina (Jack, late) Walmer and fiance' Lyle Dalton of Mt. Zion WI, son Corey Amundson of Effort, PA, daughter Sonja (Jason) Christopherson of Onalaska, WI, grand daughters Nichole Walmer, Cindee (Todd) Swanson, Ashley Amundson and Renee Amundson and daughter in law Brenda Amundson of Limerick, PA. 
He was also survived by three great grand children, Jeremy, Hayley and Kassady Swanson.

Lloyd grew up in rural Clermont Iowa until the age of ?? at which time the family relocated to Farmersburg, Iowa in 194? Lloyd graduated from Farmersburg High School in 1951. He worked on the Milton Shroeder farm in Postville, Iowa from May to December of 1951 and then enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War and was sworn in January 18, 1952 as part of the first all Iowa company since the start of the Korean War. As part of pre-enlistment ceremonies on Christmas Day 1951, this 80 man "Hawkeye" company was addressed and presented an Iowa State Flag by then Govenor of Iowa, the Honorable William S. Beardsley before their departure to training in San Diego, California. After graduating Boot Camp at the US Naval Training Center, San Diego California on March 10, 1952 this all Iowa company was scheduled for assignment to the Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61), However the USS Iowa was at that time returning from Yokosuka, Japan and scheduled for a 4 month overhaul at Norfolk, Virginia. His first duty assignment was changed to Naval Station #962 Guam (Note: Listed 962 on DD214 but 926 on air mail address), at which he arrived via a flat bottomed troop transport USNS Gen DE Aultman (T-AP-156) or USNS David G Shanks (T-AP-180) [and ironically, originally commissioned by the Maritime Commision as the 'American Farmer' in 1941] about July 1952 after over a months rolling travel at sea (of which most of the time sea sick). Aboard ship he also crossed the 180 merridian and international date line on June 22, 1952 aboard the USNS Gen D E Aultman at Latitude 20-45'N, and was therefore found worthy to be numbered as one of the Trusty Golden Dragons. During his 20 month duty on Guam he worked as a Postal Clerk and Postal Money Order Clerk. In his off time he and other saylors would often check out M1 rifles and drive their jointly purchased "used" car to the nearby bay point to shoot sharks. Although not something that PETA would be happy to hear about these days, I'm sure an adventure not unlike an African Safari for them at that time. During this time he also took some very impressive photographs of the naval base, friends, vehicles and the sorrounding Guam countryside using his Argus 35mm camera which were preserved on Kodacolor slides. After leaving from Guam he was transferred to San Diego, California to attend Telemen Class A school from February 8 to April 30, 1954, graduating 9th in his class of 24. He returned home on leave to be married on January 2, 1955. After this time he was accompanied by wife Mary and they lived in coverted quanset hut apartments at National City, California until he was tranferred to sea duty, date unknown. However, the Hornet put to sea of May 4, 1955 for a Far East Cruse. During this cruise, Mary went to live with her brother Jim and Joyce Weadge who were also in the Navy at Norfolk, VA. Lloyd landed aboard the USS Hornet (CVA-12) at sea via a twin propeller (???) aircraft to start his duty aboard at an unknown date. His chance sole seating position just behind the pilot allowed him a view of a lifetime as they approached the carrier and landed. This was one of the most exciting moments of his lifetime as he explained it to me. His tour of duty on the Hornet included the balance of the 1955 Far East Cruise, which included ports of call in the Hawiian Islands, Japan, Formosa and Hong Kong. Onboard ship Lloyd worked as an assistant Postmaster and later in communications, coding and decoding classified teletype messages behind closed doors. During this time his communications department won the Navy's Efficiency Award for the entire Pacific Fleet. This was an honor for which he and his department were all quite proud, and noteworthy enough to be documented in the USS Hornet 1955 Far East Cruise Book.  After completion of this cruise he was released from active duty on 17 January 1956 at the USS Hornet (CVA-12), Bremerton, Washington and was Honorably Discharged after serving the balance of his reserve duty with the Great Lakes 9ND Command on January 17, 1960 . Lloyd acheived the rating of TE2 November 16, 1955 while aboard the USS Hornet and was also awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal as a veteran of the Korean War.

To be continued.

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Biography

Fathers Name: Lloyd E Amundson
Mothers Name: Viola Jones
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Livingston, Wisc
Occupation: Transport & Logistics
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Other Christian

Interests

Favourite Sport: Baseball
Favourite Team: Cubs
Favourite Music Genre: Country
Favourite Artist: Johnny Cash

Passing

Place of Passing: Dodgeville, Wisc
Date of Passing: 1 December 2007
Cause of Passing: Cancer
Place of Burial: UB Cemetary, Farmersburg, Iowa
Funeral Location: Farmersburg, Iowa
Funeral Date: 7 December 2007

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