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Sweeping the sea

March 24, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Jackson man served aboard a wooden minesweeper in WWII
JACKSON Don Nielsen graduated from Jackson High School in the spring of 1941, and by the end of that year, Japan had led an assault on America with the bombing at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to spark America’s involvement in the Second World War. Continue Reading

Man on a mission

March 17, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Turner flew B-26 bomber in WWII, foot patrol in Korea
BINGHAM LAKE It was quite an opportunity for a southwest Minnesota farm boy flying one of those airplanes he’d often admired from the ground while growing up. Continue Reading

A long line of service

March 3, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Sikma, son of WWI vet, had siblings in WWII, Korea and Vietnam
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. Continue Reading