About Utah: WWII veteran remembers the dear price paid for freedom

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  • sports mom Lapoint, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Thank you sir for your service and selfless sacrifice for our freedom!!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Nov. 11, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    This is a wonderful story. Thank you Ray Matheny and Lee Benson. Today I am making a cabbage dish for my WWII father, who just turned 92. He had all sort of experiences in Europe, but one of the most interesting ones happened right here in the U.S. When he reported for boot camp, he was called out of the hundreds of new Army-Air Corps men lined up to report to the camp commander. The commander had been a high school teacher of my dad's and they had shot together in a rifle club. He knew my dad's background and asked him what he would like to do in the service. Dad had little time to think, but said he would like to work on aircraft. The commander told him he could skip boot camp and go directly to aircraft instrument school in Los Angeles, which he did. He worked on aircraft in England and Belgium for two years, thus avoiding some horrors, though not entirely. He was injured by an glider wing in a wind and has back problems to this day, though that didn't stop him from operating his farm until he was 74.