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Honoring our WWII veterans

October 2, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

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. Continue Reading

First comes war, then comes marriage

September 29, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

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. Continue Reading

Band of brothers

September 22, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

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. Continue Reading

Vet guarded captured Germans

September 15, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

LUVERNE John “Gordy” Aanenson beams with pride when he pulls a dagger from its sheath and points out the “Alles für Deutschland” inscription on the blade. Continue Reading

Honor Flight to lay wreath at Arlington

September 13, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

LUVERNE The fourth and final journey of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota will be special in many ways, not only for the veterans and guardians, but for the staff people who have accompanied our World War II heroes on each of the journeys to Washington, D.C. Continue Reading

WWII vet trained in chemical warfare

September 8, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

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. Continue Reading

Treating the wounds of war

August 25, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Bendt was nurse’s aide on Texas air base in World War II
LUVERNE Ruth Bendt dreamed of nothing more than becoming a registered nurse like her mother. Continue Reading

Welch repaired B-24’s in England during WWII

August 18, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

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. Continue Reading

Pettit was lab tech aboard ship in World War II

August 11, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

LAKEFIELD When most people think of war, they think of the major battles. In World War II, there was the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Bulge, Omaha Beach and Normandy just to name a few. Continue Reading

Pettit was lab tech aboard ship in World War II

August 11, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

LAKEFIELD When most people think of war, they think of the major battles. In World War II, there was the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Bulge, Omaha Beach and Normandy just to name a few. Continue Reading