Mel Dahlberg, Paratrooper, US Army

Melvin J. Dahlberg, Paratrooper, US Army. 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. In 1943 Mel was in training to be a paratrooper. He  landed in Italy near Anzio and also later jumped into France. He suffered an ankle injury during one drop. He was called up later to fight during the Battle of the Bulge. Mel received two purple hearts. After being wounded in the hand by a grenade, he was also later seriously injured in the Battle of the Bulge by a mortar attack. He was unconscious for a month and woke up in England.  He then worked in the 31st Statistical Control Unit keeping track of the Eighth Air Force in England sorting records and information encoded on cards (with something akin to an early computer). He came home on the Queen Mary.
Mel was interviewed several times. There are three You Tube video below. His daughter Mary also told me at his funeral that thw WW II Museum in Louisiana came up and interviewed him. (I don't see that it available yet on their website.) Al Zdon pubvlished an extensive article about Mel in the May 2016 American Legionnaire. Mel told me he talked at an American Legion and that that presentation was recorded. The WW II History Round Table in Saint Paul recorded him on several Veteran's panels as part of their programs.


Melvin John William Dahlberg

  • Melvin John William Dahlberg
  • Melvin John William Dahlberg

Dahlberg, Melvin John William This man was a true hero. He signed up to serve his country as an 18-year old in World War II in 1943 and received 2 purple hearts as a paratrooper in the 517th Airborne Division Regimental Combat Team. One of the things he would share about enlisting in the Army was wanting to see some action, and he did. He faced fear straight in the face, and lived to tell about it. In all of his adventures, he just never stopped going. He loved being around people, talking, sharing and serving others whenever needed. He married Mae Kathleen (Nelson) Dahlberg, who preceded him in death only 5 days before him on July 1, 2019. Mel passed away on July 6, 2019, on what would have been their 73rd wedding anniversary at Central Health Care in Le Center, Minnesota. Born on August 30, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Thyra and Nels Dahlberg, Mel was an only child. Mel and Mae are survived by their only daughter, Mary McCracken (husband Jim), grandchildren April (Chuck) Wichterman, Marie (John) McKowen, Philip (Megan) McCracken & Veronica McCracken and great-grandchildren Madeline, Rose, Robbie, Ian and Clara. Funeral service Sunday, July 14th, 2019 7:00 PM @ City Hill Church, 12901 Roberts Drive, Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400

Published on July 10, 2019