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Terry @TerranceCreamer
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1) The Borgstrom Brothers that were in the U.S. Army were like the Sullivan Brothers that were in the U.S. Navy. Alben and Gunda Borgstrom were the parents of ten children, seven of whom were boys. Six of the boys graduated from Bear River High School in Garland, Utah.
2) Before the United States involvement in WWII, one of the sons died from a ruptured appendix. When the U.S. entered the war, the remaining brothers Boyd, Elmer LeRoy, Clyde, Rolon, and Rulon were drafted into the military.
3) While clearing an airstrip on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, Clyde was killed by a falling tree in March 1944. Three months later, Elmer LeRoy was killed in Italy. In August, Rolon died after a bombing raid over Germany.
4) His twin brother Rulon, who was initially reported missing, died 17 days later from wounds received in an attack on Le Dreff near Brest, France.
5) When Rulon went missing, the Borgstrom family, with help from neighbors and the Utah congressional delegation, successfully petitioned for Boyd, the last Borgstrom son in the military, to be released from service.
6) Shortly thereafter, he was transferred to the United States and discharged by special order of the Marine Corps commandant. Eldon, sometimes spelled Elton, who was not yet of enlistment age in 1944, was also exempted from military service.
7) It took almost four years after the four brother's deaths for their bodies to be returned to Utah by the American Graves Registration Service. The Borgstrom family was the only four-star Gold Family on record in World War II.
8) The Sullivan brothers, all of whom were killed in the same incident in World War II, were a five-star Gold Star family.
9) The loss of the Borgstrom and Sullivan brothers, led to the official adoption of the Sole Survivor Policy in 1948, which if there is only 1 surviving sibling, that person will not be accepted into the military, or if already serving, will be immediately discharged.
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