Viola Nordeen, pictured here with Lori Patterson, was one of six Golden LivingCenter residents honored for their military service on Monday. A 10-year Navy veteran throughout World War II, Nordeen served as a private secretary to the commander in the Air Force Division at Jacksonville, Fla. “I also learned how to fly,” she said, noting she got to copilot a B-51 fighter on flights around the base. “I loved every minute of it. I’d do it tomorrow if they’d take me.”
Everyone who attended the Veterans Day program at Golden LivingCenter in Rush City received a slice of cake with an American flag on top.
Legion Post 93 Commander Ken Opatz, Rush City, presents a certificate of appreciation to Golden LivingCenter resident Jacob Rockstroh who served in the U.S. Navy near the conclusion of World War II. Stationed in California, Rockstroh traveled to destinations across the Pacific.
Lori Patterson, a member of both the Post 93 Legion and Auxiliary, fastens an American flag pin onto the shirt of Frank Hull. Holding corporal rank, Hull served on standby duty in 1947-48, just prior to the beginning of the Korean War, in the Army National Guard out of Minneapolis.
Commander Opatz honors veteran Frank Hull at the Veterans Day program Monday afternoon.
Al Flancher, who served in Vietnam as a protection air controller with the Marines, returns a smile while receiving his patriotic pin from Post 85 member Lori Patterson. He also was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Legion Commander Ken Opatz, pictured in back. Photos by Jon Tatting