Tuesday, April 26, 2016

God Bless Our Vietnam Era Veterans


Larry Osborn

73 years old
Born in 1943
Currently lives in Truman, MN
U.S. Army National Guard Vietnam Era Veteran














Dave Anderson

70 years old
Born in 1946 in Winnebago, MN
Currently living in Truman, MN
U.S. Army National Guard Vietnam Era Veteran

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ron Shoen

90 years old
Born in Truman, Minnesota
Currently lives in Truman, MN
U.S Army World War II Veteran

Truman, MN farm boy Ron Shoen wanted to do his part for the war effort in 1944, so he volunteered for the U.S. Army at the age of 19. After his military training stateside, Shoen was put on a troop transport ship headed for the Philippines and the Pacific War Theater.

“We were about 10 days out, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, when the war ended,” Shoen remembered. He said they continued on to their destination and he spent a year stationed in the Philippines working in ordnance and military vehicle repair. “I was putting my time in until they shipped us all back to the states,” he said. He recalls being “put on leave” until he received his discharge papers.

Shoen headed back home and back to farming once the war ended. “(The Army) didn't bother me for the Korean or Vietnam wars,” he joked. He has long since retired from farming and continues to live in Truman, MN.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

John “Jack” R. Jacobsen

80 years old
Born in 1935 in Coon Rapids, Iowa
Currently living in Truman, MN.
U.S. Army Korean War Veteran

It was 1954 and the Korean War was beginning to wind down. That's the year 22-year-old Iowa resident John “Jack” Jacobsen volunteered for the U.S. Army. After training at Fort Riley, Kansas to become a 30 cal. machine gun squad leader, Jack joined about 1,500 other soldiers and 650 Navy sailors aboard the USS Randall (APA-224) headed across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. It wasn't a fun trip, he remembered. “We were locked up in that troop carrier for three days and nights straight,” Jacobsen recalled. “The wind blew and blew, and the seas were so rough we couldn't get out onto the deck.” After finally landing in Europe, Jacobsen headed to Army bases in Germany with his 12 member gun squad.

“I was in the service 2 years, 6 months and 4 days,” he said with assurance. Following his discharge from the military, Jacobsen headed back to Iowa and got a job working for Arnold Motor Supply in Carroll, Iowa. He was later transferred to their Truman, Minnesota store. He eventually went to work for Mel Carlson Chevrolet along Highway 15 in Truman as their parts manager, where worked until his retirement at age 76. “I was there for 41 years,” he said proudly. “I sure saw a lot of changes in the automotive business during that time.”