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In honor of Corporal Sidney Ronningen, US Army Air Corps - Served in
World War II
Hometown: Zumbrota, MN
(Submitted August 22, 2008 by Barbara J. Ronningen)

My dad enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor. He served in New Guinea as a mechanic in the Army Air Corps. He also developed a washing machine using barrels and a Jeep transmission. Those washing machines saved many GIs from jungle rot which was a huge problem in that climate.  My dad (at age 88) displays WWII artifacts for schools. historical societies and even fundraisers; making sure that this generation knows about what his generation did in WWII. He has also worked to erect a memorial to 43 men from his unit (27th Air Depot Group) who died in a plane crash in Australia but have never been honored.

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