World War II

At 99 1/2 years old, Lloyd Johnson dressed in his military uniform for Harris American Legion Post 139 services on Memorial Day. Johnson has been a member of the Legion since returning home from Europe at the end of World War II. A captain in the U.S. Army, he recalls entering Germany with his field […]

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When Bob Hanson walked into my office in early November to be interviewed for our Veterans Day issue, I just had a feeling he was a man with an incredible story to tell. The nearly 88-year-old WWII Navy veteran, wearing his “WWII veteran” hat, promptly shook my hand, and we sat down to start talking […]

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Bob Hanson was aboard the USS Xanthus in August of 1945, ready to invade the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido when the United States Air Force dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and another three days later on Nagasaki. The devastation that followed those bombings convinced Japanese leaders to surrender, and that was the end […]

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Living charter members of organizations that started in the 1940s are few and far between these day, but in North Branch at least one is still quite active in the organization which she helped start. ON June 6, it was a surprise to Phyllis Lindberg when she was called forward by VFW Auxiliary President Valerie […]

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A World War II story of three brothers from Harris By MaryHelen Swanson “I remember the engineer calling out the hits in the wing of our ship and then over the interphone came the report that the radio operator Dodge, William H., had been hit. This was called in by the waist gunner (Sergeant Harvey […]

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