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In honor of Earl Ingebretsen, Army - Served in World War II
Hometown: Rural Felton, MN
(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Loren Ingebretsen)

Earl was my Dad. He passed away 1 year ago on Oct. 25.  He served in the South Pacific during WWII.  He was attached to a chemical warfare group.  One of the jobs he did was drive his C.O. around.  When they were in the Philippine Islands, they were camped in a farmers field and the C.O. made arrangements for compensating the person who owned the land for the use of it.  When I was reading Dad's memoirs that he had been writing when he died, I found an entry that gave me an insight into the heart of my Dad. 

He talked about having met people who worked for that land owner and noticed how poorly nourished they were.  He found someone who was harvesting brown rice and bought a bag of it for that family.  I often wondered when I was young why we got letters at Christmas from a family in the Philippines.  Dad just said they were friends, but I guess when you are hungry in a war torn country and a young man who has only the amount a soldier saves buys food to keep your family alive, maybe that is the reason.  Later in his memoirs he talks about being asked to come to their home.  Wars are won in many ways. 

Dad and his generation fought to save the world and in the process cemented friendships that they carried with them to their graves!  God Bless the boys and girls that went and came home as men and women - who quietly went back to work, to build lives and rebuild a nation!  Dad your son is so proud of you!

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