During World War II, Martin H. Best joined the U.S. Coast Guard, and he got to see a lot more than the U.S. coast. “I saw the Coast Guard as an opportunity,” said Best, who will turn 85 the day after Memorial Day.
As the deployment for Task Force 34 comes to an end, many National Guard Soldiers will be looking forward to hanging up their Army Combat Uniform, along with the responsibilities that come with wearing the red, white and blue on their right shoulder. One soldier from Hudson who is returning from deployment to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, will don a medical uniform.
By Spc. Jodi Krause, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade
, May 15, 2009
I just want to comment on the welcome-home ceremony conducted by the New Richmond VFW on behalf of me, my brother and the additional veteran who came all the way from Missouri to participate in this event.
You might say Don Gilbertson had about every kind of experience possible as a blue water sailor in World War II. “I was on 11 ships, seven for duty and four as passenger,” Gilbertson, 83, said during a recent conversation.
Memorial Day is the day that Americans have set aside to remember those who gave their lives so that our country might live. Americans, who enjoy the peace purchased at the great price of death, should pay respect to all veterans who have made great sacrifices. We get that opportunity Monday.
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