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By Larry Nelson
For The Sun-Telegraph 

Bahr provided valiant service to country – Veteran's History Project: John W. Bahr


Ryan Hermens / The Sun-Telegraph

Bahr's children pose for a portrait with his medals and a past newspaper story about his military career. From left, Jo Houser, John Bahr, Lori Borchert and Donna Bahr.

John W. Bahr


U.S. Army

1942 to 1945

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is one of many American Veteran accounts published in The Sidney Sun-Telegraph. The writer, who is from Sidney, is conducting the interviews as part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

john W. Bahr found work in Hawaii in late 1941. After the horrific bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was employed as a civilian working to repair the damage to the piers and docks that were destroyed as a result of the blasts by the Japanese torpedoes and bombs. Soon after the attack, John made a life-changing decision to re...

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Reader Comments(1)

johouser writes:

Larry, thank you so much for writing my dad's story. It was told in amazing detail. Ryan, thank you for taking the time out of your day to photograph my dad's medals and previous article. His story brings tears to my eyes when I think of the actions he took to preserve our freedom. He was a true hero.


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