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Your Views: Veteran salutes comrades around Rock County

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August 20, 2014

This past Memorial Day, American Legion Post 209 in Orfordville and Post Cmdr. Lenny Funk had a ceremony to add the names Glen H. Young and Benjamin H. Neal to the post's namesake. Post 209 in Orfordville is now officially Kenneth S. Wells, Frederick C. Davis, Glen H. Young, Benjamin H. Neal Post 209. What an honor attending this patriotic event!

I was treated graciously by all in this Midwestern, hardworking, very patriotic community! Special thanks to Karl Stuvengen, post member, who did a tremendous job emceeing the touching ceremony. Orfordville does America proud.

We need to thank and salute all veterans, including Lt. Col. Norman Toso, a Rock County resident who served a tour in Korea and two in Vietnam. Toso piloted the Mohawk, a fixed-wing aircraft used in reconnaissance missions, locating and photographing enemy positions. These pilots were the forward eyes of our fighting forces.

In addition, Toso bravely piloted the famed Huey Helicopter, flying mission after mission into “the teeth of hell,” transporting troops into and out of the Army's fiercest fighting zones, always putting his own safety aside. In 20 years of service, Toso achieved the Bronze Star twice and the very distinguished rank of lieutenant colonel.

Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you, Lt. Col. Toso. You walk as a giant among men! Your brave actions were part of the cutting edge of freedom! We in Wisconsin and our great nation applaud, praise and love you tremendously. Thank you!

RICHARD ROSMAN

Evansville



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