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Jon Franklin never met Charles Kidder. But he feels like he knows him. Knows the horror he experienced on D-Day. Knows his longing for the wife he’d left behind. Knows the courage it took for him to do his job: filling out the morning report; cataloging the men who were killed, wounded or missing.
Post Falls resident Dan Rankin, 95, served his country during WWII and now customers at Dueling Irons Restaurant regularly pay for his daily breakfasts there. Since his story went viral online, people from other states and countries now call to pick up Rankin’s tab.
In 2000, WWII flying ace Ralph Wandrey reached out to researcher Henry Sakaida. He was in possession, he told Sakaida, of a flag he had taken from Japanese barracks while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the war.
Ralph Wandrey joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at 20, about a month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the time of his enlistment he was told he would start in six months. Three weeks later, he was summoned for basic training.
Harold Debenham, 93, entered the brave new world of computers in his 60s and never looked back – even though looking back is primarily what he uses computers for.
On July 19, Jack Rasmussen, 93, wiped tears from his cheeks as he was presented with a Quilt of Valor by members of the Greater Spokane QOV group. It was a surprise that had been months in the making.