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In honor of John Kissel, Navy - Served in World War II and Korea
Hometown: Minneapolis
(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Dianne Sonstelie)

To John, a fine citizen, who served his country at a very early age.  Disappointed that he could not enlist with the army because of flat feet, he was eager to join the U.S. Navy that did not have that criteria.  He told me of going to all the offices, anxious to join and help with the war effort. With the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was a gunner aboard ships in the Atlantic and Pacific.  During siege, he saw fellow sailors lose their lives.  I wish I could remember and that he was alive to tell me more of the events.  Their ships were in many ports around the world.  After the war, he re-enlisted and served more years. He served as an aircraft mechanic in several naval stations and ended his career as a recruiter.  He daily flew the U. S. flag at his home and many events.  He was a wonderful father. He was our dad!


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