Navy and Air Force band veteran resides at Wellhaven

Bob McLawhorn wasn’t thinking about much when he made the decision to join the armed forces.

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One life forever changed

One small delay may have changed Joe Darcey’s life—forever. Joe was drafted by the United States Army in 1943. But on his way to begin training, he was delayed by the flu.

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Saluting our veterans

She bent down and whispered in his ear, “Thank you for your service!” while securing an American flag pin onto his shirt. This motion was repeated almost 30 times as The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine team members Kari, Emily and Sam recognized resident veterans during a Veteran’s Day program held on Nov. 12.

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Veteran uses GI bill to find career

Being a native Midwesterner, Larry Sutten is used to the cold and winter. Two of his hardest winters, though, were while in was the United States Army stationed in South Korea during the Korean War.

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Army veteran finds home in River Falls

Dick Hartenstein was halfway through basic training for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1945. He was among a group of three or four soldiers who were pulled out of the company and sent off to Fort Riley in Kansas.

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Navy veteran takes life easy at Wellhaven Senior Living

Bob Zenk knows exactly how long he served in the United States Navy: three years, one month and 14 days.

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Army veteran finds career in finance field

Glen Wiese’s mother always knew he would go into the finance world.

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Air Force Flight Instructor and Pilot Calls Belle Plaine Home

As a young boy, when Clarence Francis heard an airplane fly by, he ran outside and stared as it soared through the sky. He hollered, “Give me a ride!” His fascination with airplanes clearly began at a young age.

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Army Truck Driver Finds Home in Belle Plaine

Bill Fabel spent about 15 months overseas during his service to our country. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1961. “It was a good experience, but I was glad to be home,” he explained.

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Army Veteran and Local Teacher Continue to Educate Others in Woodworking Classes

Orville “Ollie” Heitkamp decided to join the military following his college graduation from St. Thomas University in 1952. In January 1953, he volunteered for the United States Army. After completing basic training, he attended advanced training and became a radio operator. Ollie reported to Camp Stoneman in California and was assigned to duty overseas in Korea.

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