George Erlandson, 90, of Great Falls, Montana, passed away on September 6, 2017 with his wife by his side.
He left this life quickly and without pain or suffering, a truly graceful exit.
He was born in Great Falls, Montana on January 26, 1927 to parents Claus Erlandson and Marie Blomander, both Swedish immigrants who chose Montana as their new home.
He grew up in Black Eagle and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1946.
George served his country during the Korean War and was stationed in South Korea and Japan.
He left the service with the rank of sergeant and seldom spoke of his experience over seas.
Only recently, after finding and reviewing some old army photos, did he venture to relive those days, recounting how he had missed a troop deployment flight out of Japan because he forgot his jacket in his jeep.
That airplane, he remembered, crash-landed killing everyone on board. His hands were shaking as he shared this story, counting himself lucky and grateful for the chance to live when so many of his friends and fellow soldiers perished.
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