George Oliver Pearson
SHERIDAN - Services for George Oliver Pearson,
94. will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran
Church with the Rev. Ron Nelson officiating. Interment will be in
the Masonic Lodge No. 8 section of the Sheridan Cemetery. Military
honors will be accorded by the Wyoming National Guard.
Wyoming adjutant general, he died March 20, 1998, at the Sheridan VA
Medical Center. He was born Aug. 15, 1903, in Sheridan, to Nels A.
and Anna (Oliver) Pearson. He was a graduate of Sheridan High
School, attended the University of Wyoming and graduated from the
University of Minnesota in 1928 with a degree in architectural
engineering. He returned to Sheridan to work for the N A Pearson
Construction Company. He joined the Wyoming National Guard in I920
and was commissioned 2nd Lt. USAR through ROTC at the University of
Minnesota and assigned to the 6th Coast Artillery in 1928.
1931, he was assigned to the Sheridan unit of the Wyoming National
Guard He marred Sarah "Sally" Leitner on Sept 27, 1942. in
Sheridan and lived there until 1941, when they left for Ft Lewis.
Wash , in the World War II mobilization of the Guard he served as
troop commander. squadron commander and regimental executive
officer while there.
He held numerous assignments during World War
II. His regiment was the first into Japan on Aug . 30. 1945. in set
up security for Gen. Douglas MacArthur's landing. He held
assignments in the Philippines. Berlin. Hokkaido [Japan], the Pentagon and
Fort Benning. Ga.
He retired in November 1958 with the grade of
colonel. USA. He was appointed assistant adjutant general, Army,
upon return to Wyoming and was the stale's adjutant general from
1961 to 1967. retiring as major general. ARMY.
From October 1967 to
April 1969, he served a tour in Vietnam as a civilian with Pacific
Architects Engineers. He was then employed by the Republic Bank of
the Philippines before returning to Sheridan.
He was awarded the
Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, two Legions of Merit, two
Commendation Ribbons. 1967 Freedoms Foundation Award and the Wyoming
Distinguished Service Medal. The Sheridan Armory is named for him.
Organizational memberships include Masonic orders. Shrine. Elks.
American Legion. Disabled American Veterans. Veterans of Foreign
Wars. Bozeman Trail Association. Sheridan County Historical Society.
Sigma Nu, 11th Airborne, 187th RCT, 115th Calvary associations
(life), and the NG Association of the United States.
He was preceded
in death by his wife in 1983 and by three brothers, Harold, Carl and
Evert. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Paine of Portola
Valley. Calif., and Ann Olsen of Mound, Minn ; his sister. Esther
Markley of Tubac, Aniz.; five grandchildren and eight great
Memorials may benefit the Trinity Lutheran Church,
St. Peter's Episcopal Church or a i charily of the donor's choice
Ferries Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
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[courtesy of Marsha Hanson Dillon]
Grave marker for George O. Pearson in Mason 8, Oblong Square, Block
C , Lot 1, Grave 3, Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Sheridan (Sheridan
George began his military career as a 2nd lieutenant in
the military drill company at Sheridan high school
George enlisted as a private in the Wyoming National
Guard in 1920.
He then attended the University o Wyoming before
transferring to the University of Minnesota where he graduated in
1928 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering.
He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 11 June
Colonel Pearson was the executive officer of the 508th
ARCT in the early 1950's.
He ultimately rose from Private to the grade of