Sunday Salute: Marvin Lorentz


This week we honor a WWII veteran Marvin Lorentz ofMcCook, Nebraska.

Marvin was originally drafted into the U.S. Army duringhis junior year of High School which he attended in Herndon, Kansas. Hecompleted his basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky and was originally trainedto drive tanks.

He then went to the Aleutian Islands, Attu and Shemya. His daughter said his job while at the AleutianIslands was like "Radar O' Reilly" from MASH.

Upon returning after World War II Marvin completed his senioryear of high school and was able to graduate.

On Marvin's 80th birthday he was surprised by receivinghis World War II Medals and the American Flag. They were sent to him personallyby Senator Ben Nelson. He was also a Nebraskaparticipant of the Honor Flights to Washington D.C. where he and other veteranswere able to visit the World War II Memorial.

Marvin's daughter Kathy sent in the nomination.

She said she is very proud of her dad for serving hiscountry, but even more so for completing his education upon his return.

One of the best memories that she heard of her father'stime overseas was that whenever he would write a letter home he would be sureto also send some gum to his sisters.

Kathy also mentioned that her father just celebrated his60th Wedding Anniversary on September 13th, 2013.

Marvin, thank you for your service to our country andhappy anniversary.