In Memory of
Co. B, 184th Infantry
Martin Luther Bjertness
Eureka, South Dakota
June 18, 1917 -- May 4, 1945
Killed in Action on Okinawa
Martin Luther Bjertness was born to Elisabeth
Bjertness on June 18, 1917, at Forest City, Iowa. His family and he later moved
to South Dakota, where Luther, as he was known to family, attended Eureka High
School. Later he attended Lutheran Bible School at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and
then Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Martin’s family included two
sisters, Victoria and Adelaide, a brother, Sigurd, who later enlisted in the
Navy and was also a casualty of WW II, and a brother, Harold, who died as a
teenager. Luther, according to his memorial bulletin, was “always of cheerful
and happy disposition and made friends wherever he went.” His sister, Adelaide,
remembers, “He was a loving, kind person with a unique sense of humor.”
Martin enlisted in the Army in June of 1941.
After basic training, Martin was sent overseas where he served two years with
Co. B, 184th Infantry, 7th Army Division.
His unit served in combat at Kiska, the
Marshall Islands, the Philippines, and Okinawa and thus, Bjertness was awarded
four campaign stars. On May 26, 1945, the Bjertness family received the
The Secretary of War
desires to express his deep regret
that your son, TEC5 Bjertness Martin L. was killed in
action on Okinawa May 4th, 1945.
Before he was killed, Martin wrote in a letter home, “I do know for certain
that the Lord has been with me, and so putting my faith and trust in Him, I have
really nothing to worry about....”
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Dustin Trowbridge, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School,
Spearfish, South Dakota, November 22, 2000. Adelaide Bjertness Stenehjem,
Williston, ND, sister of Martin Bjertness, provided information for this entry.