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Gustav Stearns, American clergyman. Member American Legion, Pi Gamma Mu, 1928.


Stearns, Gustav was born on March 23, 1874 in New Richland, Minnesota, United States. Son of Halvor and Bergit (Sevats) Stearns.


Bachelor of Arts, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1896. C.T., Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1899, Master of Theology, 1929. Doctor of Divinity, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakot, 1931.


Ordained ministry Lutheran Church, June 25, 1899. Pastor Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Milwaukee, 1899-1934. Dedicated new church building, 1923.

Full time United States Government Veterinary Administration chaplain, National Soldiers Home, Milwaukee, 1934-1947. Chaplain, First lieutenant, 1st Wisconsin Infantry, Mexican border service, 1916. Chaplain, captain, 127th Infantry, 32d Division, United States Army, 22 months, World War.

Overseas 15 months; wounded at Badricourt, France, July 12, 1918. Engaged in battles, Haute-Alsace sector, May 18-July 21, 1918, Aisne-Marne offensive, July 30-August 6, 1918, Oise-Aisne offensive, August 28-September 6, 1918. Chaplain, rank of major, Wisconsin National Guard and Reserves, January 1, 1925.

Lieutenant colonel and chaplain, National Guard of the United States and State of Wisconsin, 1931-1938. Vice president Chaplains’ Association Army of the United States, 1931, president, 1932.


Member American Legion, Pi Gamma Mu, 1928.


Married Reidun Moe, June 22, 1920.

Halvor Stearns

Bergit (Sevats) Stearns

Reidun Moe