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Stories of the 82nd Airborne By Marvin Roy Turnipseed Willmar was a sergeant transferred into the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division between the Korean and Vietnam wars. The 82nd was stationed at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Upon arrival in the unit, I met an older sargeant who was about to get out after being in the Army for 20 years. He was a rather nice guy, but after talking to him a few minutes, one quickly realized that he was fortunate to have a rank as high as a sergeant. The unit had a scheduled training jump planned for the next day. He went into Fayetteville that night to visit his girlfriend. He convinced her to come out to watch him jump the next day. But, how would she know him from the other hundreds of men making the same jump? He told her that he would stuff his shirt with leaflets of toilet tissue and he would throw it out as he was descending. That way, she would know which one he was up there in the sky. When he got back to the bar-

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racks most of the troops were still up. He started bragging about his plan. Those young troops had never missed an opportunity to give him a “rough” time. He told them of his plan for her to spot him amongst all the descending troops. After each troop jumped out of the plane, the first thing he did was to empty all of the toilet paper leaflets out of his shirt. While the troops were descending, the sky was filled with toilet paper leaflets which were “raining” down. The girlfriend: disappointed. The Post commanding General: he made all of those troops run the seven miles back out there to pick up all of that toilet paper and run the seven miles back.

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Carolina border. On Monday morning, we were supposed to be picked up by an airplane and join the war games by jumping back into the middle of them. On the weekend while we were waiting at the old Air Force base, the weather turned extremely cold. To try to keep

warm, the troops built a fire pit about 6 feet across and 1.5 feet deep. Most troops were not prepared for this type of weather, so they kept a fire in the pit around the clock. On Monday morning, the plane never came to pick us up. We were not informed as to why. Finally, on Thursday night, we were informed that the plane would pick us up before daylight on Friday morning. So, we got up at 2 a.m. to get ready for the plane to pick us up. We were also told that we would not be jumping back into the war games. Why? The cold weather resulted in the ground freezing very hard. And, all of the early jumpers were landing on that frozen ground resulting in many broken bones, so many that the hospital didn’t have room for any more hurt troopers. So, we didn’t get to jump. On that Friday morning we ate breakfast around 2:30 a.m. The plane did not come at the expected time. After about two hours, I got extremely hungry.

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Serving aboard the USS O’Brien By Dwaine Buer Electronic Technician, 2nd Class n the spring of 1965, I was serving aboard the ship USS O’Brien DD-725. This ship had quite a history. In World War II it took part in the Invasion of Normandy and fought against the Japanese in the Pacific. It also took part in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. I proudly served three years aboard this ship. While we were patrolling off the coast of Vietnam, we received a call from another US Navy ship to assist an Australian outpost that was under attack by the Vietcong. We were called in to provide gun support. This outpost was five miles inland (the limit of our guns). We were unable to talk directly with the radio controller at the outpost. The Electronics Department, that I was part of on the ship, found a battery-operated radio that could potentially talk directly to him. Unfortunately the battery was dead. We found a battery charger for the radio and managed to make it

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work. Then we took an antenna and tied it to the super structure of the ship. After that, we gave the radio to the Combat Information Center on the ship. Then they were able to talk to the radio man at the outpost. He directed us where to shoot around the outpost where he was located. We were firing our guns, five-inch 38s. This was all happening at night. At one point during the night, he came on the radio. He told us they were coming over the fence. He said,

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“Keep firing, I need to put the radio down and pick up my gun.” We thought we would probably never hear from him again. Not too much later, he came back on the radio saying, “Keep firing, keep firing!” When daylight came, we had saved the outpost. I would enjoy meeting the radio man from the outpost! I am proud to have made a small contribution to help save that Australian outpost during the Vietnam War. I am proud to have served in the US Navy.

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So, I went up to the old mess hall. They had no food I could have because they were breaking camp to return home. They told me the garbage pit was not yet closed and that there were some chickens in plastic bags on top of the rest of the garbage. I got one and took the plastic bag off it. On the way back to the fire pit, I cut a small limb off a tree and trimmed a sharp point to stick through the chicken. I elbowed my way into the circle of troops around the fire pit and started cooking my chicken over the hot coals. All the troops in that circle made many different negative remarks toward me. Even though I took a really good razzing I persisted in cooking the chicken. After a while the chicken started smelling really good. The troops started arguing among themselves who was going to eat the part I left. Those troops found out that there is no nourishment in a good-smelling cooked chicken because I never left any meat on a single bone.

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Willmar ust before midnight Nov. 29, 1951, a month short of his 22nd birthday and deep in North Korea, as part of 29-man patrol, Paul Wearda was sent on a two-man mission. He was shot in the foot and soon surrounded by enemy soldiers pointing their bayanottes, the fate of his fellow soldier unknown. He was stripped of his clothing – but for his blood-soaked pants – kicked and stomped on and left for dead in the snow, perhap as a decoy. The platoon leader discovered

him later in the night. Wearda warned the lieutenant of the enemy troops nearby. Thanks to the injured private the American patrol avoided an ambush and engaged the enemy with rifles and grenades. A medic treated Wearda with morphine; he awoke three days later in a hospital in Pusan (now Busan), in South Korea The draftee mustered out in 1953. He later started a farm implement dealership in Willmar, married and raised a family. He died Sept. 30, 2009, aged 79 years, 9 months.

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Willmar ure to get drafted, the 1947 Willmar High School graduate opted to enlist as a member of the local guard unit, which at the time met in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. He would spend seven years in the military, two years active at Camp Rucker, Ala. (now Ft. Rucker). Upon returning, he went back to work at Peterson Shoes, buying the business in 1984, now owned by his son.

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For more on ‘The Forgotten War’ see today’s issue of the West Central Tribune.

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Uprooted to serve ‘The Forgotten War’ June 1950 - July 1953 By Rand Middleton Willmar he Korean War played out in the background during a boomtime. Suburbs, television, teens with spending money, growing leisure time and on the downside the scourge of polio and the Cold War. All this was a radical change from the dark days of the depression followed by the shared sacrifice of World War II, still fresh of mind. Still, to many households Korea would become quite real. Young men ages 18 to 28 were drafted, others were recalled

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and some enlisted. The sudden shift from Main Street to the military could be life changing, if not fatal. Far from ignoring the distant strife, the West Central Daily Tribune bannered wire service articles, maps and photos. The inside pages carried little nuggets on the coming and goings of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Sadly, at times, the news was of grave injury and death. By comparison, Minnesota was tropical compared to the rugged mountains of Korean Peninsula. Impossibly remote to most Americans, it is where

the U.S. under President Harry Truman determined to make the first stand of the Cold War against communist expansion. Five million would die, many of them civilians. U.S. war casualties were put at 40,000 dead, 100,000 wounded, by the time three years of struggle ended in a standoff. “All through history, free men have had to fight the wrong war in the wrong place. But that’s what we are stuck with.” Admiral George Tarrant speaking to disgruntled navy pilot Harry Brubaker, in “The Bridges at Toko-Ri,” a 1953 novel by James Mischner.

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rmy Warrant Officer, Larry R. Doyle, 25, was killed in action on December 29, 1968, in South Vietnam, Quang Nam. Larry was a helicopter pilot and veteran of 18 months service and had been in Vietnam six months. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Air Medal with “V” device and five clusters for heroism. He was cited for flying his armed helicopter at repeated low levels and making rocket attacks on enemy emplacements. Larry was a 1960 graduate of New London-Spicer and attended Augsburg College. He served as a 062B and attained the rank of WO/W1. You can find Larry honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 32E, Row 92.

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on Mackedanz served in the US Army from May of 1968 until May of 1970. He went to Fort Campbell, KY, for basic training, and then to Fort Lewis, WA, for Advanced Infantry Training. Ron served in Vietnam for one full year with the 1st Infantry Divisions, 16th Infantry Regiment. Wounded in action twice. Ron received two Purple Hearts, the Army Commen-

dation Medal and the combat Infantryman Badge during his yearlong combat duty. Five years ago, Ron was awarded the Silver Star for Valor in combat actions which took place on August 12, 1969. Ron remains active, working with and for other veterans. Helping them to navigate their way through the often difficult VA system. Ron served as Ride Captain with the MN Patriot Guard

for three years, escorting several of our area servicemen and women home from their deplyments and several fallen servicemen and women to their final resting place. Ron has authored and published a book about his Vietnam experience entitled “Drafted: Greetings - You Have Been Selected By Your Friends and Neighbors.” Books may be purchased directly from Ron.

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Prologue from ‘Corpsman Bullets and Bandages’ By Dell Allen orty-eight years ago on a day in May. I returned to my family from the Republic of South Vietnam. I also returned to antiwar protesters walking in the streets and on college campuses. Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen bought the freedom for them to voice their opposition to the conflict in Vietnam. Veterans either melted into society or displayed the slogan of the day AMERICA – LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT High School buddies were still driving up and down main street, USA looking for a little “action.” There was a sense of urgency. Life had nearly passed me by. I felt I was living on borrowed time and there was no time to waste. I returned to a Human Resources Director who had graduated from college with military draft deferments. “What are your qualifications young man?” “Well, I can treat diarrhea and gonorrhea, give injections, cure

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so many around me did not. Will the decisions I make in BJERKETVEDT life, when I have more than one option, be the right path USN/USMC to follow? E-4 Corpsman Please tell me it doesn’t Pen Name: really matter. Dell Allen My son asked me if I kept a journal about my experiences while I was attached to the 1st Marine Division. infections, save lives and take I had not. lives, hand out salt pills, cook I could have said diaries were ham & mothers in a can and for school girls, but the truth sterilize your water with iodine is, I never gave it a thought. so you don’t get the squirts.” I did not perceive my service “Sorry. We’ll be sure to call along with my father’s legacy when we have another war. “ may interest future generations I returned with a maturity of sons and/or daughters. that is gained by being exposed The process began slowly. to the dynamics of life and Uncovering the past has its death. The average Third World consequences and I did not family lived day to day in huts know what they might be. That with dirt floors. The plight of part of my life had already been Mama-sans and baby-sans who reconciled and the wounds had would treasure everything we finally healed. Was picking at as Americans tend to complain the scab all that necessary? about on a daily basis. Hesitation evolved into Destiny became my friend. an endeavor. I had an ambition to get on The following events are with life. Destiny also became true to the best of my memmy demon and the demon’s ory, how I felt at the time, name was guilt. There must be and my interpretation now of those experiences. a reason I had survived when

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Some I served with are not as vivid as they once were and some names have been changed to protect their privacy, or have faded over time. As a Navy Hospital Corpsman attached to the Fleet Marine Force, I could only hope I would serve them well. I will always remember the Marines who gave their last full measure of devotion. They will remain forever young. Dell served as a Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. He served with Alpha Company, First Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, during the VietNam Conflict.

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Honoring Our Heroes 2020  

Special section honoring our veterans and thanking them for their service. Published by the West Central Tribune.

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Special section honoring our veterans and thanking them for their service. Published by the West Central Tribune.

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