Orton Bjerkager BirchfieldOrton Joseph Bjerkager( Birchfield), 91, Lisbon, ND, peacefully passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, ND. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, 5 PM at Willow Creek Chapel, Wahpeton. Visitation with the family will be one hour before the service. Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND, is in charge of arrangements.
He was born September 13, 1921 to Olaf and Myrtle (Gylland) Bjerkager in Colfax Village, ND. He grew up in Colfax and Galchutt, ND and was baptized and confirmed at the Betania Lutheran Church (Bethany Free Lutheran Church), Galchutt, ND. He graduated high school from Wahpeton, ND and enlisted in the Navy on October 30, 1940 prior to graduation. Prior to becoming a submarine sailor he did three lend-lease convoys in the Atlantic and then nine war patrols in the Pacific on the USS Pollack He received a Commendation for saving the USS Pollack and its crew during its eighth war patrol. After separation from active duty on December 27, 1946 he enlisted in the Naval Reserve, retiring in 1979.