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French village, small N.D. town remember WW II pilot

May 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

On a wintry day in January 1943, a French girl named Sidonie came upon the body of an American flyer in the woods near her village, not far from where his B-17 bomber had crashed. For nearly 70 years, Sidonie Le Neillion and members of her family have remembered Roy “Christie” Christianson, an American flier, a UND graduate who had planned to be a teacher. Continue Reading

Pearl Harbor survivor recounts 1941 attack

May 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Seated around the kitchen table in their Dickinson apartment recently, Ruth Johnsen pulls stories from her husband Clayton Johnsen, a World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, with two statements, “Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. That’s where you start.” 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

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

Eighteen and activated for duty

August 4, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Southwest Minnesota farm boy steers ship at sea
WESTBROOK John Bass served 33 months in the U.S. Navy during World War II, but he doesn’t have a single medal, pin or service bar to show for it.
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