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World War II

194

The National Guard unit in Brainerd was known as the 194th Tank Battalion, but we who served in the unit just called it ‘194’. Originally known as the 109th, its unit number was changed to 194 when it was federalized … Continue reading

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Wally Anderson, war hero

Our little church in Brainerd had 28 men in military service during World War II. We gave thanks to God when all of them came back safely. To my knowledge the only church member that sustained a significant wound was … Continue reading

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My cousins in World War II

Two of my cousins, Mother’s nephews, were in the military during World War II. Cousin Bill Olson was a Naval Aviator. He trained on Hellcats but never saw combat. When his unit was deployed, Bill was selected to undergo night … Continue reading

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World War II on the radio

At the lake I listened to the radio a lot. I got to know all the characters in all the soap operas: Ma Perkins, The Guiding Light, Our Gal Sunday. At eleven o’clock, “It’s high noon in N’Yawk, and time … Continue reading

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Life during World War II

Summers we spent at the lake, which was fifteen miles from Brainerd. Gasoline was rationed, so we could only drive to town once a week, except in emergencies. To save gas, speed limits on the highways were reduced to 35 … Continue reading

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Sick again; I sweat it out

I went back to school in the autumn, but as soon as the weather turned cool, my pneumonia came back. Weeks turned into months while my low grade fever hung on. The doctor gave me sulfa pills that helped, but … Continue reading

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Dad goes to war, and comes back

Dad got a letter from the government to report to Fort Snelling in St. Paul for a physical examination and induction into the Army Engineers. He was told that as a professional engineer he would receive the rank of reserve … Continue reading

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My childhood summers at the lake

Clearwater lake, from a child’s perspective, was an idyllic life. It was also a little lonely. The nearest neighbors were a quarter of a mile away, in either direction along the shore. A retired couple lived in one direction and … Continue reading

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I get sick, and Pearl Harbor is bombed

In the autumn of 1941 we moved from the lake into a rented house in southeast Brainerd. I had to attend a different school from the previous year. As expected, I guess, the kids in our neighborhood took their time … Continue reading

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The day both grandpas died

In the middle of the summer, July, 1941, we made an unusual trip to Minneapolis. Unusual, because Minneapolis was quite a bit hotter than at the lake, or even in Brainerd. We arrived late in the evening; because it was … Continue reading

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