Heritage Manor vet survived kamikaze attack
By Robin Fish email@example.com Two U.S. armed forces veterans living at Heritage Manor in Park Rapids recently told their stories of military service. According to Heritage staff, Lloyd Lundstrom and Keith Kraft are among several residents who experienced life in the armed forces. Next month’s Generations will feature Kraft’s
unique life path, from a football-playing Marine private to a distinguished judge and a major in the National Guard. Meantime, Lundstrom’s memory corrects an error in the historical record.
board the attack transport troopship U.S.S. Navarro (APA-215), he participated in the World War II invasion of Okinawa. “When we were heading up to Okinawa,” he said, “we didn’t know where we were going. We knew something was up Ships in the night because we had Marines Originally from Vir- on already. We were ginia, Minn., Lundstrom ready to go.” joined the U.S. Navy Rising early one mornbefore he graduated from ing, he walked topside high school in 1944. and couldn’t believe his As a seaman 1st class on eyes. “When I went to
nition, supplies, rations and other gear, including medical equipment, while battling enemy air attacks. It took a couple days to put the Marines ashore. The dogs went ashore on the third day. Lundstrom didn’t know what the canines were there to do, except that “each dog had two men. If one
guy died, you got one guy to take care of the dog. If he died, you’d shoot the dog. That’s how it works because nobody else could handle them.” He recalled shore guns firing shells at the ship: “We could see them splashing in the water ahead of us, maybe 300
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Lloyd Lundstrom's memorabilia from his World War II service in the U.S. Navy include a star for the invasion of Okinawa, a half-bar each for the occupation of Japan and the liberation of China, and a photo of his ship, the U.S.S. Navarro (APA-215). (Robin Fish/Enterprise)
bed, you could see just water,” said Lundstrom. “When I got up, you couldn’t see the water for ships. We were just totally surrounded by ships. They all drew together during the night.” His on-deck job was loading and unloading personnel, such as the Marines and canine units they dropped off on Okinawa during a five-day period in April 1945. “That’s when I learned the difference between a man and an officer,” said Lundstrom. “I was given a job when they were debarking into the P-boats. I had to stand there when they went over the side and down the cargo net hanging on there. They told me 50 men to a boat. So, I was counting them, and I cut out 50 men, and I stepped over in front of this officer standing there. I said, ‘I’m sorry, sir. I can only put 50 men in the boat.’ He said, ‘I’m not a man, I’m an officer!’” Lundstrom laughed, adding, “So, it’s officers and men.” A written account signed by Navarro’s executive officer, Lt. D. R. Shippam, says the ship unloaded 28 landing craft, vehicles, and hundreds of tons of ammu-
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Lundstrom's ship, the U.S.S. Navarro, was a Haskell-class attack transport troopship in the U.S. Navy. It was built in 1944 and named after a county in Texas. After service in World War II and Vietnam, the Navarro was decommissioned in 1976 and scrapped in 1982. (Public domain)
Young Seaman Lloyd Lundstrom cuts a rug with a lovely lady named Joreen while wearing his Navy uniform, sometime between 1944-46. The couple was married 60 years. (Submitted photo)
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or 400 yards away.” On one occasion, the Navarro was targeted by a Japanese kamikaze plane – typically a suicide attack from directly above, higher than a ship’s guns could aim. Lundstrom took issue, however, with an account of the incident in an online history of the ship.
Shippam wrote that the Navarro’s gun crews only had to fire on enemy craft on three occasions, and the one plane that singled the ship out for attack “was plunged flaming into the sea by anti-aircraft fire.” Less accurate is the online version of the story, from a genealogy website about Navarro County, Texas, for which the ship was named. It says, “Each day at Okinawa brought several air alerts, but only once did a plane single out Navarro for attack – and that one was deflected by flak and plunged flaming into the sea. So effective was screening and air cover that the gun crews fired on the enemy only three times.” “That’s as wrong as rain,” said Lundstrom. What actually happened, he said, is that a kamikaze pilot dived at a nearby cargo transport stationed parallel to the Navarro, about three-quarters of a mile away. “We talked about it aboard ship many times, what made this guy change his mind,” he said, telling how the Japanese plane pulled out of its dive and came at the Navarro broadside, only a couple feet above the water – “just like a torpedo boat.”
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ing on the deck through a trough full of garbage while being smacked on his backside. “We were all wet, and it hurt,” he said. At the end, “there was little King Neptune sitting there with his staff, and he’s asking us if we think we’re good enough. You’re supposed to say, ‘Yes.’ And finally he says, ‘OK,’ and he took that staff and put it on our shoulders and said, ‘Now we qualify you as shellbacks.’” He added, “That goes down in my Navy record. If you look at my record … it’ll be in there, that I’m a shellback.” After his discharge in 1946, Lundstrom had a full career as a pressman at a commercial print shop in Minneapolis. “When I tell people that, the first thing they think of is the newspaper. I’m not connected with newspaper in any way,” he said. Art prints, like the framed Becoming a shellback pieces on Lundstrom’s wall, are more typical of his After serving briefly as a hospital ship, the Navarro work.. left Okinawa and was in Tokyo Bay when the war In 1947, he married Joreen McDonald of Virginia ended. “We were there when they signed the peace and they raised five children. When he retired, the treaty,” he said. couple moved to their vacation home on Lake Belle Later, they dropped off troops for the post-war occupation of Japan and to liberate China from Jap- Taine, and were on the waiting list to move into Heranese control. They also stopped in the Philippines itage Manor when Joreen died in 2007. “Two days later, they called up and said they had a and, at least once, crossed the equator. That’s where Lundstrom experienced a whimsical, yet serious, room for us,” he said. A member of the American Legion since he moved Navy tradition. “Until you cross the equator, you’re a pollywog,” here, Lundstrom has good feelings about his hitch. he said. “Once you cross the equator, you have to go “I enjoyed being in the Navy,” he said. “Not so much through something – we were all laughing, but at the that I’d re-up because I had other plans.” He is also proud of his younger brother, who looked same time it hurt. You have to get King Neptune’s up to Lloyd and went to have a 24-year Navy career permission to be a shellback.” The rite of passage, at least in wartime, included a of his own. Lundstrom called it “very important” to serve his ducking in a water tank, having something squirted into his mouth – “I don’t know what it was, but it country. “I don’t regret the two years of my life in was hotter than hell” – getting a haircut, and crawl- there.” When “general quarters” was called, Lundstrom was the sight setter for one of two twin-barrel, 40 mm antiaircraft guns the ship had to defend its sides, in addition to a quad-barrel 40 under its bow. But in that moment of crisis, Lundstrom’s gun wouldn’t bear on the attacking plane because it was too low down. Shooting at that angle risked hitting a friendly ship. “We couldn’t shoot at it, but we had 20 mm and 50 calibers up on the superstructure,” he said. “They nailed him. He was coming in. His left wing dropped like that, and as soon as that dug the water, he just spun right around. They were shooting, shooting, shooting. The wing broke off, and where he was sitting opened up. I could see him just as plain as day, and then they took care of him, too. That’s what happened.”
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Treasuring every visit with Mom
ALZHEIMER’S PRAYER By Author Unknown
The Family Circle BY LAUREL HED Columnist This picture is my younger brother and I with our mother who has Alzheimer’s Disease. I live twoand-a-half hours away from Mom, but try to see her at least once a month. Each time I visit, I see the changes, and there are times that Mom isn’t sure who I am, but as we chat, she relaxes and starts to share what is going on in her cloudy mind. Sometimes it is silly/funny things that we giggle about and sometimes it is scary things that haunt her and make her sad. The last time I visited, she once again shared as though she just found out her mom had died (it was 45 years ago) and that she just didn’t know how she could go on without her. She loved her so much. That day she said, “I am ok, but I just can’t feel happy anymore.” Other times I can tell that Mom knows who I am and that is when we can talk about my grown children and their families, which I can tell really blesses her heart. We will look at pictures and talk about years ago when she and Dad first met and how he thought she had such beautiful eyes. She always loves to hear that and says, “Yes, he really wanted to go out with me!” I treasure every one of those visits that are full of
past memories, and on the days she isn’t real sure who I am, I also treasure those times because I can tell that she sees me as a trusted friend and someone she can share her feelings with. I love my Mom so much and appreciate the time I get to spend with her. I also miss my Mom who could help me with a recipe or advise me on a problem I may be having. That Mom is gone, but occasionally my ‘old’ Mom shows up and oh what joy that brings! Remember to treasure those pearls with your loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.
I remember you with my heart And I do love you! I can’t recall where I knew you Who you were, or who I was Maybe I grew up with you Or maybe we worked together Or did we bowl together yesterday? There is something wrong with my memory But I do know you, I know I know you And I do love you I know how you make me feel I remember the feelings we had together My heart remembers, It cries out in loneliness for you For the feeling you give me now When you leave My mind will not remember that you were here But my heart remembers Remembers the feeling of friendship And love returned Remembers That I am less lonely and happier today Because you have come Please, please don’t forget me And please don’t stay away Because of the way my mind acts I can still feel you, I can remember you with my heart, And heart memory is maybe… The most important memory of all
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Caprese-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are topped with strips of fresh basil and reduced balsamic vinegar. (Photos by Michael Vosburg/Forum News Service)
Home with the Lost Italian BY SARAH & TONY NASELLO
The rise of vegetarianism over the past decade means that it’s likely your guest list will include at least one or more folks who prefer a meatless meal. While many vegetarian guests will tell you not to go to any extra trouble, and that they’re happy to graze from the standard variety of vegetable side dishes, we worry that the lack of protein means that they will leave our table still hungry. It doesn’t take much extra effort to provide a plant-based protein alternative for your veggie-loving guests, and these Caprese-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are hearty, delicious and easy to prepare, even in the midst of pre-feast kitchen chaos. Low in fat, calories and sodium, nutrient-dense portobello mushrooms are a good source of protein, fiber and folate to ensure a full belly, as well as a host of vitamins and minerals believed to help fight cancer, boost the immune system and decrease inflammation. Portobello mushrooms have a wonderful meaty quality in both texture and taste, which makes them popular with vegetarians and carnivores alike. For this simple dish, you’ll need four large portobello mushrooms, which are commonly sold in packs of two in most supermarkets. To prepare the mushrooms, remove any remaining stems as well as the dark brown gills to clear space for the caprese stuffing. The gills can be easily removed by gently scraping them with the edge of a spoon. Once the inside is prepped, use a damp paper towel to wipe away any dirt from the top and inside of each mushroom. Next, brush each mushroom with a mixture of extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper and bake at 400 degrees until soft, about 10 minutes. Once they’re soft, remove them from the oven and use a paper towel to absorb the excess moisture released in each mushroom. If your available oven time is limited on turkey day, you can refrigerate the mushrooms at this stage for up to one day. The caprese stuffing is inspired by our wonderful time in Sicily this past summer, which was filled with a bounty of fresh mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. I use fresh mozzarella balls, either pre-marinated or plain, and my favorite variety of “flavor bomb” cherry tomatoes. To flavor the caprese mixture, I use extra-virgin
A caprese filling of fresh tomatoes and mozzarella is used to stuff portobello mushrooms. Balsamic reduction or basil pesto (optional) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil; set aside. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of oil with the minced garlic, salt and black pepper. Brush each mushroom all over with the oil mixture, then place on the prepared baking sheet, top side down. Bake until the mushrooms are soft to the touch, about 9 to 10 minutes. Use a paper towel to soak up the excess moisture inside the mushrooms. The mushrooms can be used immediately or refrigerated at this stage for up to 1 day until ready to finish baking. Bring to room temperature before baking. As the mushrooms bake: In a medium bowl, use a whisk to combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil with the vinegar, herb seasoning and red pepper flakes. Add the tomatoes and mozzarella and gently Caprese-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms toss to combine. Taste and add salt and pepper as 4 portobello mushrooms caps, washed and thor- desired (I use 1/4 teaspoon of each). oughly dried with paper towel (if purchasing whole, Once the mushrooms are baked until softened, and remove the stems and gills) wiped free of excess moisture, fill the inside of each ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil, divided with the caprese mixture. Return mushrooms to the 1 clove garlic, minced baking sheet and bake until the tomatoes begin to ¼ teaspoon kosher salt blister and the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 12 ¼ teaspoon black pepper to 15 minutes. ¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar Remove from oven and transfer mushrooms to ¼ teaspoon Sicilian or Italian herb seasoning serving plates or a platter. Generously sprinkle each (blend of dried herbs like oregano, parsley and basil) mushroom with the chopped basil and garnish with Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar or basil pesto. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved Serves four. ½ cup fresh mozzarella balls, halved (if using a log “Home with the Lost Italian” is a weekly column written by Sarah of mozzarella, cut into ½-inch pieces) Nasello featuring recipes by her husband, Tony Nasello. The couple 2 tablespoons fresh basil, sliced into thin strips owned Sarello’s in Moorhead and lives in Fargo with their son, Giovanni. Readers can reach them at email@example.com. (chiffonade), about 4 large leaves olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and a dash of Sicilian herb seasoning blend (any blend of dried oregano, basil and parsley will do). Each mushroom cap is stuffed with the caprese mixture and baked until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the tomatoes just begin to blister, about 12 to 15 minutes. For extra Italian flavor and a pop of color, garnish the mushrooms with thin strips of fresh basil and a drizzle of either balsamic reduction or basil pesto. With their big flavor, bold colors and high nutrition, these Caprese-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are the perfect vegetarian dish for the upcoming holiday season. But, be warned: they’re so attractive and delicious that your meat-loving guests will probably want a taste, too.
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Transition to assisted living changes caregiver’s role
be able to stop by until the next day. Continue the gradual weaning process until fewer visits are routine. As you do this, you’ll still want to keep track of his care. We must be realistic about what a care home can provide, but we also have a right to certain expectations. The assisted living facility needs to know that CAROL BRADLEY BURSACK you are your dad’s advocate. The hardest part is likely Columnist to be convincing yourself that he’s fine without you. Remind yourself that he loves to complain and that isn’t likely to change. There’s even a small chance Dear Carol: My dad lived with me for six months. During that if you aren’t there every day, he might be less the time I was at work, he fell and got hurt twice. He comprehends things just fine, but his memory is bad, probably likely to spend your whole visit complaining. Addifrom years of drinking, though he has since stopped. Dad’s tionally, without your consistent presence, he may always been a bitter complainer, so something was always attempt to make some friends. You mentioned your dad’s history of drinking, so wrong with the time I spent, the food I cooked or anything I’d like to suggest that you try attending Al-Anon else I did. I tried in-home care, but he wouldn’t let them in the door, so we decided together that assisted living was the best option. Now, though, he complains about everything there, too. My friends say I need to learn to let go, and they are probably right, but it’s hard. I feel at loose ends and unsure of my footing. — WU. Dear WU: What you’re going through is hard, but normal for someone who is used to the role of sole caregiver. Rocky as your relationship with your dad’s New Tr been, it’s what you’re used to. ansitional Care Unit Assuming that your dad’s real needs are being met in the care home, I’d suggest that you begin to modify your role in his care. Start by skipping one visit. Green Pine Acres Skilled Nursing Facility You could call and tell him that you’ve got plans but that you’ll see him tomorrow. Alert the staff you Long Term Care & Short Term Stay Rehabilitation probably won’t be by so that they can suggest an Woodside Manor Assisted Living activity for that time. Visit the next day as usual, but don’t apologize for Assisted Living with Services missing a visit. Wait a day or two and then mention Green Pine Acres Adult Day Services that you are busy the following night, so you won’t
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Come clean with handwashing in this country. It seems we know we should be washing our hands, but aren’t actually doing it. For example, in one nationwide study, 94 percent of consumers surveyed said they always washed their hands after using the restroom. However, observers planted in public restrooms in five major cities found that only 68 BY KARIN HAUGRUD percent, in fact, did so. Women were somewhat more Columnist likely than men to wash up (74 versus 61 percent), but neither came close to what they said they did. There’s a procedure you can do in about 15 secHow often should I wash my hands? Hands should onds — one that requires no special equipment and be washed often – more frequently than most peominimal training. Yet it’s powerful enough to get rid ple do. Because bacteria and other germs cannot of tough germs. be seen with the naked eye, they can be anywhere. The procedure I’m talking about is handwashAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Preing, and it calls only for soap, water — and a little vention (CDC), handwashing is especially important patience. when preparing food, before meals, after using the Handwashing with warm water and soap can restroom, after touching animals or animal waste, greatly reduce the chances of spreading or getting when your hands are dirty and when someone around germs. The mechanical action of scrubbing loosens you is ill. up the dirt and microbes on our hands and the soap Handwashing is a sensible strategy to remove visipicks them up and binds to them so that the water ble dirt and germs from the hands and it only takes a can wash them away. Remember to wash your hands correctly! Use soap few seconds. If you could prevent yourself or family Despite the demonstrated health benefits of hand- and warm, running water. Wash your skin well, from becoming sick, wouldn’t you wash your hands washing, many people just don’t do it enough. You including your wrists, palms, back of the hands, can probably confirm this by simply observing at fingers and under your fingernails. Rub your hands more often! random how many people exit public restrooms together for at least 10 to 15 seconds. If you wash your without washing their hands. hands correctly, you will greatly reduce the chances This article is made possible with Older Americans Act dollars from While we are all potentially at risk of contracting of spreading germs, including those that have devel- the Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging. Call the Senior LinkAge® One Stop Shop at 800-333-2433 to speak with an hand-transmitted illnesses, one-third of our popu- oped resistance to antibiotics. information specialist, or check out our website at MinnesotaHelp. lation is especially vulnerable, including older adults, Although handwashing is something that should info. MinnesotaHelp.info is an online directory of services designed children and pregnant women, and people with have become an ingrained habit before we we’re out to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and weakened immune systems. of kindergarten, it’s on its way to becoming a lost art referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help.
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