A Soldier's Story: Sergeant George Earl Swanson

Sergeant George Earl Swanson was born on October 16, 1922, in Manor, Pennsylvania.  He briefly began his career at Westinghouse Electrical before World War II  interrupted his plans.  He enlisted, instead, in the US Army on January 4, 1943. 

After the war, Sergeant George Swanson returned to Pennsylvania and became a successful local beer distributor, and finally, in 1984, he bought a Corvette, the car of his dreams.

When Sergeant George Swanson died on March 29, 1994, his cremains are buried (after much legal wrangling and the draining of all of the car's fluids) with the car in the Brush Creek Cemetery near Irwin, Pennsylvania.  His license plate, "HI-PAL," remains on the car, and Englebert Humperdink's song "Release Me." is cued up on the cassette player.


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