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Veterans History Project

Donald L. Kizer (Don) had graduated from Julesburg High School, an 18 yr old kid, heading out into life! At the time, the United States was only five years out of World War II, American society had... Full story

 

Milton L. Hunholz

Milt Hunholtz had graduated from Diggins, Missouri High School in 1951. Fairly soon there after, he went by car to California where he would work as a telephone lineman. While there, he heard from...

 

Ernest Kahrs

This story is reprinted from 2017 in recognition of Ernest Kahrs' passing. Ernest Kahrs graduated from high school in Lodgepole in 1949. By that time, there were several branches of the military he...

 
 By Larry Nelson    News    February 2, 2022

Vincent Havorka Aviation Metalsmith

This story is reprinted in memory of Vincent Havorka who died Jan. 25, 2022, at the age of 99. “Go west, young man” must have been ringing in the ears of Vincent Havorka (Vince). After graduating...

 

Veterans History Project

Paul Roberts was a college student at Wayne State University in Wayne, Nebraska. When not in classes, he would return home to Albion, Nebraska to help with his dad’s plumbing business. He was also an athlete who could run. At the end of three...

 

Veterans History Project

When America’s politicians and military leaders took a break between ending the war in Korea and officially admitting involvement in Vietnam, a good deal of military work continued around the...

 
 By Larry Nelson    News    June 30, 2021

Thomas L. Kokjer

Thomas (Tom) Kokjer spent a lot of his early years working in the repair and sales offices of Kokjer Motors in Sidney, NE. He probably didn’t think that was so important when he was twelve years...

 

County Loses US Navy Veteran

This story is being reprinted from the Aug. 27, 2014 edition of the Sun-Telegraph in recognition of Rudy Virgil's passing. Traveling south on 11th Avenue in Sidney is a restaurant that sits just north...

 

Edward J. Killham US NAVY Seaman 1st Class | Gunner's Mate | 1943 to 1946

Edward (Ed) Killham was a senior in high school and had earned almost all the credits required to graduate. He had learned about an aviation school he could attend that paid $100 a month. The school...

 

Veteran Dorothy E. Holloway

Dorothy and Cecil Holloway were a married couple before World War II began. Cecil was quite a pilot and had joined the Navy. His talent for airplanes was put to use quickly. He became an instructor...

 

Veteran Joan F. Hughes

By the time Joan Fowler-Hughes was 21 years old, she had graduated from high school as well as college. She was seriously involved with a man who was a college graduate as well as a pilot… and deployed to the theater of war in Europe. The man was...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    May 26, 2017

Sheriff James M. Nelson

National Law Enforcement Memorial Week brings serious thoughts to American citizens who remember the loss of those elected or charged to protect and serve. There are ceremonies all across the country with higher ranking officials talking about servic...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    May 19, 2017

Veteran William O. Graves

t was a round-about route to get into the military for William O. (Bill) Graves. At age 20 he was drafted by the Selective Service Board in Southern Illinois. He went to St. Louis, Missouri for the...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    May 5, 2017

Veteran Robert I. Palmer

Robert Palmer's dad made Robert promise to finish high school before he went into the Navy. The dad, a WWI sailor, knew that if his son went off to the Navy, he would never finish high school. Robert...

 

Veteran Thomas J. Roberts

Thomas J. Roberts (Tom) had graduated from High School in Burlington, Wisconsin in 1967. He was trying to learn the trade of being a printer and working with photography. He was working for the people who managed the Burlington newspaper and had...

 

Veteran Samual House

Samuel House (Sam) is from Tilden, Nebraska. Sam wanted to be in the U.S. Army. He had researched some items that might be in his future, including joining early. He learned that the National Guard...

 

Veteran Ernest Kahrs

Ernest Kahrs graduated from high school in Lodgepole in 1949. By that time, there were several branches of the military he could have joined. The U.S. Air Force had become an entity of its own; the U.S. Navy was hiring young folks; the Marines were...

 

Veteran Beverly J. Webb

In May 1964, Beverly Webb graduated from Sheridan, Wyoming High School. The following month, she enlisted in the United States Army. She knew that she wanted to get as much schooling in accounting as she could get. The Army offered her some great...

 

Veteran Karleta A. Wheat

Having a Grandfather who was a Seabee in WWII - who was a Prisoner of War - and a father who served in the US Marine Corps, Karleta A. Wheat (Karla) wanted to serve her Country. At this stage in her life, she was 28 years old, a married woman and...

 

Earl M. Foster

Registering for the Selective Service was mandatory in the 1940s. Once signed in, a young man was subject to being called up for service just about anytime armed forces were in need. When he reached eighteen, Earl Foster was all set to go into the...

 

Veteran History

A new wing at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming is called the Psycho-social Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP). In awareness of problems from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder...

 

Lee R. Foster

Lee R. Foster had obtained a year of college at the University of Nebraska in the early 40s. He recalled that when the bombing at Pearl Harbor was going on, he was waiting tables at the women’s prison. His brother received a college scholarship...

 

Richard L. Sherard Chief Warrant Officer · USMC & US Army · 1981 – 2013

Richard Sherard joined the United States Marine Corps before graduating from high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had relatives who had been in the US Army and in the USMC. His thought was that if he had to go to war, he wanted to get the best...

 

Floyd Watson, Jr.

F loyd Watson Jr. came from a family consisting of his parents and six children. The family lived in Durham, North Carolina. Floyd was an athlete in his high school years (football and track) and...

 

Thomas L. Potton Captain · US Air Force · 2004 to 2011

Thomas Potton, “Tom” grew up in a family of people with strong military backgrounds. He also loved to fly and had his private pilot’s license by the time he was 17 years old. He lived in Alaska since 1982. His father was a commercial pilot and...

 

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