Elton A. Busse, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Elton A. Busse
United States Navy
Date of Death: June 3, 1944, Gary, Lake County, Indiana
Cause of Death: Accident (killed in train accident)
Hometown: Chesterton
Note: the April 16, 1945 issues of The Vidette-Messenger [Volume 18, Page 8, Column 5] lists Walter Fletcher of Garyton [Lake Station] in its enumeration of Porter County residents killed while serving in World War II.

Newspaper Notices:

Sailor's Death Accidental, Is Coroner Finding

A verdict of accidental death was returned by Dr. J. Robert Doty, Lake county coroner, in the inquest held Thursday into the death of Elton A. Busse, 18-year-old Chesterton sailor who was killed instantly when struck by a Michigan Central train near the Adams street crossing in Gary June 2.

The inquest was concluded by routine testimony given by police officers who investigated the accident. Busse, son of Mrs. Marie Busse, of Chesterton, was home on a furlough after completing his boot training at the Great Lakes Naval Training station.

No witnesses to the accident, occurring early in the morning, were found. Busse's mangled body was found near Broadway by the crossing watchman there.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; June 23, 1944; Volume 17, Page 1, Column 7


JUNE 3 -- Spring tax collections total $567,278.72 in county; Charles McMurtry resigns as Kouts school principal; Elton A. Busse, 18, Chesterton sailor, killed by train in Gary; fifty-two Porter county men accepted for service.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 29, 1944; Volume 18, Page 6, Column 6

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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