Posted 12/22/15 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
Local World War II vets were among 120 honored in a WWII Victory Celebration event, held recently in Bismarck.
“It was an honor to go,” said Donald Hickel from Ray. “I was the only one there from Ray or Tioga.”
The October event featured speakers, 1940s-style dancing and band music.
Organizers are also hoping to locate WWII veterans in the state to include in a Victory Roll Call, which will function as an historic document on file at the ND Historical Society archives.
This historic roster includes all WWII veterans from the Army, Army Air Corps, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as those who served in the Merchant Marines, Nurse Cadet Corps, and anyone who participated in home front activities such as “Rosies” or those who supervised bond sales, recycling centers, or civil defense.
Hickel served as a postal clerk at the 24th Base Post Office in Frankfurt, Germany, until November 1946.
Hickel’s time in Germany was right after the war had ended, but he saw first-hand the bombed-out buildings left after the conflict was over.
All who register with the Victory Roll Call will receive a letter of appreciation from Governor Dalrymple.
“Seventy years ago, these men and women helped determine the destiny of the world,” said organizer Shirley Olgeirson. “It’s time to say ‘Thanks’!”
Registration will continue until the end of this year.
Veterans of WWII or their family representative may receive an application from the Victory Hotline at 333-2064.
Written stories or journals are welcome.