Celebrating the Greatest Generation


Pictured above, from left to right, 1. John Solheim: John served from April of 1942 to January of 1946. He served in Rhineland, Ardennes Forrest (Ar-Den) in the Central Europe Campaign; 2. Duane Mason: Duane served from September of 1944 to July of 1946. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Bronze Star and was in the Army of Occupation Germany; 3. Mary Goodwin: Mary served as an Army nurse from November of 1942 to December of 1945. She served in England and earned the ranking of first Lieutenant; 4. John Jansen: John served in the U.S. Army from November of 1945 to August of 1946. He received the Victory Medal, Theater Ribbon and Army of Occupation Medal. He served in Germany; 5. Bonnie Ellis Hicks: Bonnie served in the U.S. Army as a nurse from June, 1945 to April, 1947; 6. Don E. Strivens: Don served from June of 1943 to December of 1945. He was in the European African Middle Eastern Theater and in Rome, Italy in 1944 he received a purple heart.

The Redfield American Legion held a presentation ceremony of "The Greatest Generation"  Coin, given to local WWII Veterans on Wednesday, April 11th at the VFW meeting. The evening was complete with an "authentic Cajun dinner," after which six WWII veterans received their coins. Friends and family were present to congratulate the veterans. Those awarded their "Greatest Generation" coins included John Solheim, Duane Mason, Mary Goodwin, Don E. Strivens, Bonnie Ellis Hicks and John Jansen.


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