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Articles with the Tag: Veterans

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Why did it take Worth Nelson 21 years to qualify for a 20-year military retirement? That’s one of the many stories he had to tell in a recent August interview. When younger, Worth lost partial use of his fingers in an episode with dynamite caps. When he went to enlist in various branches of the U.S....

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Bert Todd was working in California when the Korean War started. Deciding he wanted a different job, he gave his boss a week’s notice. The boss said, “You can’t quit. I’ll turn you in for the draft.” Bert decided he might as well quit on the spot and headed home to Big Timber, M...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Richard was a young man in Jordan, Montana, when he enlisted in the Navy. He was about to be drafted – at least he thought he was about to be drafted. He and a friend went to Butte where he remembers a Navy doctor in uniform. They both passed tests “to be eligible to be accepted.” It was Ma...

VFW honors Merwin as All-American Commander

News from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce Ronald Merwin has achieved All-American status as a Post commander.   Merwin, commander of Post 5652 in Ronan, Montana, is one of only 279 VFW...

VFW serves breakfast

RONAN — The Ronan VFW will serve breakfast on the first Saturday of each month from 7-11 a.m. at the local VFW Post #5652 on Round Butte Rd.

Kids get hooked on fishing at Pioneer Days fishing derby Kids get hooked on fishing at Pioneer Days fishing derby

The sounds of children playing and the occasional squeal of a child startled by a fish filled the air at the VFW hosted Arnie Armstrong Memorial Fishing Derby.  On Aug. 5, approximately 150 kids arrived with their families to fish for trout in Spring Creek. Over 400 trout from a local hatchery were i...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

In 1944, Jim Sivelle, a 17-year-old California high school senior, was sure he was going to be drafted. Because he had wanted to fly since he was eight years old, and to be sure he wouldn’t be drafted, he went to see an Army Air Corps recruiter to enlist. The recruiter said, “OK, but you have to ...

Local Legionnaire elected to District Commander

Glen Sharbono, vice-commander and adjutant of both Ronan Post 138 and District 4, and graduate of Ronan High School, was elected on March 19 to Commander of the American Legion District 4, Department of Montana.   District #4 is comprised of four counties: Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, and Lake with 13...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Jim is not sure why anyone would want to know stuff about his time in the military – it all happened so long ago. He didn’t think he had any stories to tell, but agreed to answer some questions about his time in the service. When asked if he was in the “Korean War” or the “Korea...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Paul Metzger was drafted from Dickerson, North Dakota when he was 21 years old. His parents had to move off the farm, and “that was it.”  With no more farm worker deferment, he had to go. His folks didn’t express much – it was WWII and everybody was going. After being inducted...


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