Honor Flight: A long line of service
BIGELOW -- When the war broke out on two fronts in December 1941, John Sikma was working alongside his dad on their family farm east of Ocheyedan, Iowa. He was the oldest of eight kids, seven of which were boys, and hadn't seen much outside of farming in his first 20 years.
"Dad ran a tight ship," Sikma, now 89, said with a grin earlier this week from his rural Bigelow farm house.
When his draft papers arrived in 1942, the northwest Iowa farm boy reacted with pride.
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