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Clarence Gulbranson
Captain, United States Navy
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C. GULBRANSON DIES; SERVED AS CAPTAIN IN NAVY

CHICAGO, 3 November 1947 – Captain Clarence Gulbranson, 57, of 919 Clifton Place, River Forest, Illinois, retired Navy officer and first Commanding Officer of the Navy Amphibious Training Base at Fort Pierce, Florida, died yesterday in Washington.  Illness forced him to retire last January.

He was born in Chicago, a son of Christian Gulbransen, piano manufacturer, and was appointed to the Naval Academy, where the spelling of his name was changed by a Yeoman’s error.  In the Navy he became a destroyer expert and was awarded the Belgian Military Cross for his feat in navigating a destroyer through the Brussels locks in 1935.

Before his appointment to the Amphibious Training Base in 1943, Captain Gulbranson participated in the North African invasion and in battle action in the Mediterranean and the English Channel. He was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Matilda Gulbransen, 80, and two sisters, Lillian and Grace, all of River Forest.  Services will be held at Arlington Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.


CAPTAIN C. GULBRANSON

WASHINGTON, November 3, 1947 – Captain Clarence Gulbranson, U.S.N. Retired, a destroyer expert, died yesterday after a long illness.  His age was 57.

Born in Chicago, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1908.  His assignments included extensive destroyer service, as well as three years as the Fort Mifflin Naval Ammunition Depot, Philadelphia, starting in 1937.  Captain Gulbranson participated in the North African invasion during the recent war.



GULBRANSON, CLARENCE
CAPT US NAVY
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/28/1890
DATE OF DEATH: 11/01/1947
BURIED AT: SECTION 8  SITE 6464 WH

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