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.
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