DAL PERSSON-MOKVIST

D. Persson web photoDal Persson-Mokvist (aka Dale Pierson), of Eagle River, Alaska, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the Providence Hospital in Anchorage, AK. He was 90 years old.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 31 ,2010 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.

VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the serivce on Saturday.

INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.

Longtime Alaskan Dal Persson-Mokvist (aka Dale Pierson) died June 30, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at the Eagle River Elks July 12, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm. Dale was born May 23rd, 1920 to Albert and Cecelia (Murphy) Pierson. He arrived with his family to the Territory of Alaska on June 16, 1956 where he remained a resident of Eagle River.

Dale’s life was punctuated with service and commitment. He was a member of the Chugiak Advisory School Board 1959-1960 and the chairman/co-chairman of Operation Chugiak High School, 1960-1964. He was the first president of the Eagle River Elementary School PTA, 1961-1962 and was an elected member of the Anchorage Borough School Board, 1964-1967. Uncharacteristic of many people, Dale enjoyed dual nationality with the Republic of Ireland. He was a member of: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association of America, Irish United Nations Veterans Association, All 3 Wars Veterans Association, Inc. Combat Infantrymen’s Association, Polar Bear Association of WWII, Elks Lodge, Sons of Norway, American Swedish Institute, and Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. In 1973 he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army. Later he retired from the Laborers Union 341.

Fun, travel, adventure! Dale explored all seven continents, 48 counties, 47 of the United States and all six of the Australian states and both of its territories. He lived four years in the Orient and was a combat veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. His military awards include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Emblem, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm Unit Citation Badge, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device (1960), United Nations Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars for participation in the Tunisian, Rome-Arno, Po Valley and the Northern Apennines Campaign. Korean Service medal with three bronze service stars for participation in the Korean Summer – Fall Offensive 1952, third Korean Winter, and the Korean Summer – Fall Offensive 1953 campaigns, Vietnam Service Medal with seven bronze service stars for participation in the Vietnam counteroffensive Phase V, Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI, TET 69 Counteroffensive, Vietnam Summer – Fall 1969, Winter Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaigns. Eleven over seas service bars and Korean War Service Medal, Awarded on the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lydia, and younger brother Ward. He is survived by his son Brett Pierson, daughters Lora Lee Starner and Mara Lee Adams, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services and internment will take place July 31, 2010 in Braham, MN.

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