Orlando Morris Ellefson

Private Orlando Morris Ellefson, L74035
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Birth place and date: Orlando was born in Buchanan, SK on 26 October 1921.

Home town: Orlando grew up in Saskatoon, SK.

Religion: Orlando was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Occupation: Before the war, Orlando served as a dry cleaning spotter.

Marital Status: Orlando was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: Orlando’s next of kin was his mother, Alice Ellefson.

Date and location of enlistment: Orlando enlisted on 3 January 1942 in Saskatoon, SK.

Medals: Orlando was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM with Claps. He was also awarded the Memorial Cross which was given to his mother.

Burial location: Orlando is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France. He was 22 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

Orlando’s parents were Herman and Alice Ellefson and he had two brothers, Ardel Emory and Ardel Herbert. Both his brothers died at a young age. During the war, Orlando was a paratrooper.

Although Orlando’s life ended too soon, it doesn’t mean that his memory does not live on. He fought for his country and sacrificed himself for the greater good. I want to let Orlando know that that his efforts were not for nothing. I want to express thanks to him, and all the other soldiers, who served in the Second World War. I live in a free, proud, and peaceful country because of Orlando. I thank him for all that he did.

Witten by: Jessica Duggan, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Jessica Duggan, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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