World War Two Veterans
Kenneth C. Anger USNR
Rank: Fireman 2nd Class
Served aboard U.S.S New Orleans
Entry 7/13/45 - served 1year 20 days
Amphibious Training - Coronado, CA
Awards: Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area, Campaign Medal
Picture is from his trip to Washington D.C. on the Freedom Honor Flight that brings Veterans to visit the various Veteran monumnets for the day along with many other surprises. To learn more about his and his son's experience, please click here.
More pictures from his trip to D.C. coming soon.
Staff Sergeant Charles Mower, 1944
Harold Kronenberg (Diz)- Back Row, Second person from the right
Harold Kronenberg, better known as "Diz", has spent his adult life immersed in history. For 36 years he taught Social Studies in the public school system and also served in World War Two. Diz was a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress and was involved in 41 missions. His first 21 missions were flown with the Fifteenth Air Force out of North Africa and Italy. In March of 1944, Kronenberg was transferred to to the Eighth Air Force in England, where he completed his tour of duty by flying 20 more missions. His last mission was flown on June 5, 1944, the day before the Normandy invasion (Commonly known as D-Day). Diz has written several books (See below) including a more recent book we will post in the near future.
_Harold, better known as Diz, Kronenberg, is a former Bombadier during World War Two.
After World War Two, Diz married his sweetheart, went to college on the G.I. Bill, became a history teacher, golf & baseball pro & coach, and wrote 5 books along with other publications. He was part of organizing an annual Veteran Golf Outing for four years.He has done alot on behalf of Veterans and even reached out to the first Hmong who settled in his area.
Diz has so many interesting stories and it's always fun to listen to him. He is respected by many, but not only for his accomplishments, but for who he is as a person- just simply a nice guy. It's an honor to know him.
Diz also was very supportive and helpful with contributing to our Vietnam Veteran gatherings including our first official Vietnam Veteran's day celebration for Wisconsin. You are definitely one of a kind and have made your mark! To learn more about Diz's experiences during World War Two, my first World War Two veteran, TV interview, go here
Korean War Veterans
The Korean war, was also known as the forgotten war. There is now an official Korean Armistice Day for Wisconsin to honor all those who served in Korea. I and a group of Vietnam Veterans were lucky and honored to have witnessed the signing of the Korean Armistice Day bill as the same time our Vietnam Veteran's day bill was being signed. Korean Armistice Day is now recognized on July 27th of each year. Please let these Veterans know you know and celebrate with them their very own day. See all Korean Era Veterans listed below.
Harold (Joe) Jackson- WI
32 Regiment and 7th Infantry Division
Awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars
Harold was wounded twice in Korea. The first time he was wounded was only after being in Korea for three days. The first time he was wounded, he was hit in the hip by motor shell. This was at Triangle Hill on October 30, 1952. his second wound was in the lower right arm. he was hot by a hand grenade. This was at old baldy on May 1, 1953. Harold explained that the mash Unit is exactly as it is on the Mash television show.
After the war, Harold married his wife Joanne and they have four sons. He worked at the Northern center in Chippewa Falls as an aide. He once owned Jackson Trucking, and then his son took it over.
Harold was the Commander of the American Legion for two years for Unit 326. He
also was a member of the VFW Post 1038, and DAV Charter 21.
Harold recently came on my television show to share his story. It was not only my first time interviewing a Korean Veteran, but Harold's first time sharing his story. I was really honored by that. I also really appreciate Harold's honesty and humility when sharing his story. Please learn more about that experience and my reflections here.
Picture one: Harold and his buddies hanging out the last time two days before being sent to Korea.
Picture two: Harold arriving on the shores of Korea
Picture three: Harold with American Legion (Commander at the time) getting ready
to tear up the mortgage for their facility they paid off. A very proud moment.