At 92, WWII veteran Wolff finally earns high school diploma
BREWSTER — In the fall of 1933, Ray Wolff was working behind five horses in the field while his friends drove past, tooting their car horns and waving as they embarked on their freshman year of high school.
Harris named distinguished member of the 506th Infantry Regiment
WORTHINGTON — He earned two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart in service to his country during the war in Vietnam, and now Dr. James Harris of Worthington can add another honor to his military career.
Weekend marks the final Honor Flight for southwest Minnesota
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rain drops and a little wind Saturday morning couldn’t stop 109 veterans from walking along the granite pillars that make up the grand oval tribute to all who served in World War II.
FAIRMONT — When the fourth and final journey of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota takes to the skies from the Sioux Falls Airport this morning, Orville and Virginia “Tootie” Austin will be side-by-side in their seats, perhaps holding hands and most likely eager to see the World War II Memorial built in their honor.
Sanborn siblings share their experiences in WWII
SANBORN — Stan and Glenn Dammann don’t recall their parents hanging blue-starred banners in their window during World War II, but they do remember their dad was pretty upset when draft papers arrived first for Stan, and then 16 months later, for Glenn — the two oldest boys in the family.
PIPESTONE — Not long after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and set the stage for what would be a nearly four-year battle on the Pacific and Atlantic fronts, America had called its people to not only help in the war effort, but to make sacrifices because of it.
Some took that call to duty rather seriously, including the Earhart family of rural Pipestone.
WORTHINGTON — Albyn Welch was visiting his sister near Okabena on Dec. 7, 1941, when he learned the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the Americans were gearing up for war against the Pacific nation. Having grown up the son of a World War I Army soldier, Welch realized he would likely be called upon to serve his country.
WASHINGTON — On the first anniversary of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota’s inaugural flight, more than 100 World War II veterans from across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa were touring the memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., all thanks to the generosity of people here at home.
Pettengills excited to embark on Honor Flight today
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — It was nearly two years ago that Roscoe and Nadene Pettengill filled out the required paperwork and applied to go on Honor Flight, a program that sends America’s World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge to view the memorial built in their honor.
Pipestone veteran led class of 162 bombardiers in training
PIPESTONE — Imagine spending 22 months of your life in training for a skill you will never get to fully utilize in service to your country. It’s almost bittersweet — bitter knowing you were well trained and confident in the mission; and sweet because you know flying just one mission could have ended your life.
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