Lt. Colonel Lorwyn E. Peterson – Park #73

I have said it before and I’ve got to say it again.. I meet the kindest people when writing and researching these stories.  When details are scant; I go looking for folks.  

This time I found the Atwell family who are direct relations of Lorwyn Peterson. It was a great pleasure to meet you personally!! 

Thanks again for the tidbits of information and the use of the photos.  

Truly – ag

PS. We will get to Fred Nagle next..

PETE IN CHARGE

Location: Pickford, Curtis and Greenfield

Lorwyn Elwyn Peterson (1908-1945) graduated from Michigan State College in 1930 with a degree in Business Administration. The son of Elwyn and Marie, he was raised in Brooklyn, a small town located in the Irish Hills area of Michigan.

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The courageous and faithful Lt. Colonel Lorwyn Elwyn “Pete” Peterson circa 1943. Photo with kind permission from the Atwell Family.

Peterson enlisted for duty in World War II and rose rank to Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of the 716th Tank Battalion, 43rd Infantry Armored Division. Peterson’s relatives tell us he was to be made a full Colonel, however preferred to stay on with the men he trained for duty.   

Pete's soldiers. The 716th Tank Battalion at Camp Chaffe, Arkansas. Photo with kind permission of the Atwell family.
Pete’s soldiers. The 716th Tank Battalion at Camp Chaffe, Arkansas. Photo with kind permission of the Atwell family.

On January 23, 1945 he was wounded by mortar rounds while trying to rescue a crewman from a disabled assault gun vehicle. He later died. Peterson is buried in a U.S. Military Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

While living and working as an accountant with Packard Motors in Detroit, he fell in love and married Nola Sanders in May 1930. They had one daughter, Judy. Nola accepted the posthumous award of the Silver Star in August 1945 at Camp River Rouge, the 786th Military Police Battalion Post in Rouge Park.

A really great park south of Seven Mile and East of Evergreen. Renovated with tennis courts, baseball and football accomodations, Comfort station and newer playground. Renovated during the times of Kwame ..he did something good.
A really great park south of Seven Mile and East of Evergreen. Renovated with tennis courts, baseball and football accommodations, comfort station, walkway, and newer playground. Renovated during the times of Kwame .. something good from the wreckage; positivity rules. Right?!

The 17 acre park which stands as a memorial to his legacy was once known as Greenfield – Curtis playfield but was renamed by the Detroit War Memorials Committee with a dedication in 1953.

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A little bit worn.. the life and times of Lorwyn Elywn ‘Pete’ Peterson. A seriously sunny and frigid day at the park.  Yes, the death date on the plaque and those I found conflict. We’re going with mine.

Thanks for reading! Truly,  Andrea Gallucci

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