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Honor Flight veterans in awe of trip

May 1, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

WASHINGTON On the first anniversary of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota’s inaugural flight, more than 100 World War II veterans from across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa were touring the memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., all thanks to the generosity of people here at home. Continue Reading

The Army medic and the Navy officer

April 28, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Pettengills excited to embark on Honor Flight today
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa It was nearly two years ago that Roscoe and Nadene Pettengill filled out the required paperwork and applied to go on Honor Flight, a program that sends America’s World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge to view the memorial built in their honor. Continue Reading

Top of the class

April 21, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Pipestone veteran led class of 162 bombardiers in training
PIPESTONE Imagine spending 22 months of your life in training for a skill you will never get to fully utilize in service to your country. It’s almost bittersweet bitter knowing you were well trained and confident in the mission; and sweet because you know flying just one mission could have ended your life. Continue Reading

Medic earns Purple Heart, Bronze Star in Europe

April 14, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Lake Park’s Zahren entered World War II at 19
LAKE PARK, Iowa If Cecil Zahren had been given the option to choose his assignment in World War II, he would have been a paratrooper. Continue Reading

War filled with terrible memories

April 7, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

LUVERNE Sixty-five years have passed since Gordon Tobiason boarded a ship to bring him back home after World War II had ended in the European Theater, and to this day the Rock County veteran still does not want to talk about the horrific sights of war. Continue Reading

Vet served in Pacific, European theaters

March 31, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Fulda man sees greatest conflict at Battle of the Bulge
FULDA Edwin “Johnny” Descombaz looked death straight in the face after an SS Trooper punched him in the nose and put a sword to his gut. Continue Reading

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

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

Sharing their stories

October 17, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

WW II veterans view documentary of inaugural Honor Flight
SW Minnesota
LUVERNE Fantastic, real good, great and awesome.
Those were the words of World War II veterans reacting to the special presentation of the Pioneer Public Television documentary on the inaugural Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota Saturday morning at the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne. Continue Reading