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Bergstrom, John August Earl

Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1941 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Military Officer

1907 – Born on August 25th. American army officer, who was the first Austinite killed in WWII.

1941 – Was a member of the reservist in the 19th Bombardment Group, and was killed at Clark Field, Philippines on December 8th.

1943 – Urged by Captain Bergstrom’s former employer, the Austin National Bank, Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson prevails on the U.S. Army Air Force to rename the air base after Austin’s fallen son. On March 3rd, it becomes Bergstrom Army Air Field.