BEATRICE – Two Gage County men who served their country in the U.S. Army in different wars, were honored this week by the Gage County Board as part of an ongoing recognition effort.
Lenhart Fritzen served in the Pacific, during World War Two, while Gordon Reimer served during the Vietnam War.
Fritzen served from March of 1945 through July 4th, 1946…part of a unit that helped monitor Japanese prisoners of war in the Philippines.
:14 “in the chamber”
Fritzen said after the war was over, he served some time in Hawaii…which he described as detail work. He was discharged later at Fort Ord, traveled to the rail station in Lincoln….and then back home.
:23 “later on..(applause)..”
Fritzen and his wife will celebrate their 70th anniversary next February.
Gordon “Corky” Reimer served in Vietnam from December 1965, to December 9, 1967…a time that clearly still carries an emotional impact, to this day.
:21 “thank you….(applause)..”
County Supervisor Erich Tiemann has known Reimer for more than 25 years, and said he’s “always stood behind his convictions and has been led by a good moral compass”.
Gage County officials periodically honor veterans of the armed services who served their nation and returned to Gage County.