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By Larry Nelson
Veterans History Preoject 

Thomas L. Kokjer

Machinists Mate 2nd ClassU.S. Navy 1945-1946


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 old, but it was. As he grew up, he learned to work on engines. He could take them apart, fixed them, and made them work again.

When he was in his mid-teens, he knew the Country was at war, and that the war was being waged on a couple of fronts. His father was a pilot in WWI. His older brother had served in the Navy. The fighting, marching, digging foxholes, living in tents, and eating out of cans...

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