Farm Boys Go to War

Marietta Legion Post #156 in Marietta, Minnesota has chosen to honor these fallen soldiers with commemorative metal displays. While working on the images and designs I couldn’t help but wonder about the anecdotes and stories behind these young farm boys called to duty during WW II.

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Did soldiers from the farm really make better soldiers? I’d like to think so. Farming in our agricultural region along the Minnesota-South Dakota border couldn’t have been easy during the Great Depression that preceded the war. They would become competent carpenters, plumbers, electricians, engine mechanics and general tinkerers. If they didn’t have a part they made their own and jury-rigged items together just to get by. Transfer these skills to military life and the powers that be would have considered them invaluable assets.

28-3171aThese were not the only soldiers from our area to die as a result war. The list above includes all Lac Qui Parle County casualties during WW II. I recognize familiar surnames from the area and wonder about their stories, as well.

One thought on “Farm Boys Go to War”

  1. Interesting, and also sad. I recently watched Band of Brothers, true story of a company of soldiers from the time war was declared, to training, to Normandy invasion, Battle of the Bulge (the worst), on to Germany. Their company had the honor of taking over Hitler’s Eagles Nest. It was an HBO series and maybe you have it on Netflix. It has about 10 episodes. I hope we never have a WWIII

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