Read about it in the Novembeer 17 issue of The Richland Observer.
Glen Sherf of Park Place Senior Living in Platteville went on a three-day Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in August. Sherf, a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, traveled with his son Doug (right) and 106 other veterans and their guardians, and the group visited all the monuments that honor those that have served our country. "If veterans don't go on an Honor Flight, they are missing out on a wonderful experience," said Sherf. "I would encourage everyone to go."
United States Navy Veteran Otto Wilkinson celebrates his 90th birthday Aug. 15.
Harland McLaughlin traveled quite a bit before he and his late wife, Naomi, moved to Lancaster for their retirement. McLaughlin, the local VFW Post Chaplain can still fit into his Army Air Corps uniform, the one he received during World War II.
Harland 'Rink" Emler has spent most of his life in the Potosi area, but in the 1940's Emler spent his time crisscrossing the Atlantic and Pacific taking part in the important, and very dangerous job of keeping the front lines supplied during World War II.
Ninety-year-old Allan Caya has seen a lot of things in his life. A retired railroad man from Potosi, Caya grew up in Lynxville, and spent most of his life in Wisconsin, raising six children with his wife.
A day longtime coming finally took place just after 1 p.m. May 12, 2007 in downtown Cassville as friends and family of Herbert Kirschbaum gathered for a surprise party. It wasn't the 91-year-old's birthday, but Herbert was getting a very special present more than six decades coming – he was finally getting his World War II medals.
Eighty-eight year old Darrell Duncan of Cassville was born on the day World War I ended and the Armistice was being celebrated across the world, but the effects of that war and another World War not many years later affected his life more than he could have imagined.
In 2007, members of the Liscum Brothers American Legion Post 482, and Auxiliary in Bagley remembered and honored veterans who gave their lives for the service of their country. This year's focus is on the life and death of Seaman - Second Class John Dale Schamerhorn, who died accidentally during training during World War II.
During World War II, there were many jobs to do as the nation mobilized for war. A fact often forgotten was that this country began to ready for the impending war even before Pearl Harbor was attacked in December of 1941.
If you ever visit Wilbur Heberlein at his home in Lancaster, one thing you must ask to see is his scrapbook of his World War II experience. The deep green volume, which happens to be several inches thick, contains numerous items from that war, from photos of his days in uniform, crossing Africa and Europe, to details about how his unit helped win the Battle of Anzio by locating one of the biggest artillery guns ever used in warfare.
In Mt. Hope, one of the names that graces American Legion Post 229 is Clifford Wachter, who was killed in fighting Christmas Day 1944. Clifford was not the only son of Herman and Mertie Wachter who picked up a gun for his country as seven of their 10 boys wore the uniform. It is a family history that is filled with a number of medals.
In May 2005, the Blum family remembered Lt. Glenn Blum, who was a navigator in the 336th Bombing Group of Lake Charles, La. "Navigation was his specialty - he was trained if necessary to fly by means of the stars to plot his course," stated his younger brother, Stan, who wrote a story about Glenn, who died July 14, 1944.
For Memorial Day, services are to pay tribute to those who died while in service of their country. People like Corporal Jerome Cathman, who was honored by the Liscum Brothers American Legion Post 482 and Auxiliary in Bagley during their ceremonies in May 2005.
During Memorial Day 2004, the villages of Dickeyville and Potosi came together when they formed VFW Post 5276 after World War II. The communities came together to honor two men, Jacob Berg and Albert Averkamp.