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WWII veterans sought for October event

Golden Valley News of Beach, North Dakota

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Over seven decades ago, young North Dakotans left farms, schools, and the comfort of home to defend freedom in unheard of locations around the globe.

They saved the world, then came home to rebuild their lives, their state and the nation. Many of them have now lost the battle with time and we mourn each loss, but now there is a quest to locate all WWII veterans still living in North Dakota for the Victory Roll Call, an historic roster or census to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

The North Dakota Red Book is a register of those who entered service from 1941-1945, but there is no listing of those who are still living in the state, or those who moved into or out of North Dakota in the last 70 years.

According to Jerome Tweton's research on the website, 58,509 men and 1,570 women from North Dakota served during the worldwide conflict. The Veterans Administration estimates that, as of September 2015, there are approximately 1,860 veterans over the age of 85 in the state.

The Census Office at the North Dakota Department of Commerce has used this estimate as well as county level demographics to estimate the number of WWII veterans who may be residing in each county.

The Roll Call will include those who served in the Army, Army Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as those in the Merchant Marines and Cadet Nurse Corps. A special section will include those who entered service from North Dakota and are now living elsewhere, and citizens with significant home front duties such as "Rosies," or supervisors of bond sales, recycling centers, or civil defense. Written stories are welcome and will be added to the archives at the State Historical Society.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple declared a "North Dakota WWII Victory Celebration" period to begin V-J Day, Sept. 2, 2015, to commemorate the official end of WWII, and to continue through Nov. 11, Veterans Day. In addition to the goal of creating the Victory Roll Call, all those who served in World War II are invited to a Victory Program and USO style dance that will be held at the World War Memorial Building in Bismarck on Oct. 10. That event is free and open to the public. Organizers of the event are attempting to locate all living North Dakotans who served in the war.

For more information about the North Dakota WWII Victory Celebration, visit the Website:, or at: ND WWII Victory Celebration, PO Box 1111, Bismarck, ND 58502-1111; phone: 701-333-2064 and leave contact information for a return phone call.

The estimated number of living WWII veterans in area counties includes: Billings, 1; Golden Valley, 11; Stark, 90, Slope, 1, and McKenzie, 13.

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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