“In honor of our veterans”
Ernest C. Hanson is our April veteran.
Ernest served from 1944-1946, making him a WWII veteran. He went to Little Rock, Ark., for his basic training. After finishing basic training, there was a delay, so the guys were sent home. Orders came, and on they went to California to be shipped off to Japan.
On Dec. 7, Ernest was inducted–Pearl Harbor Day. While on the way to Japan, there were 31 ships in a convoy, when they were radioed of a typhoon—a terrible storm—which they rode out for six days. The hatches were locked at all times. (Hatches are covers on ships to prevent the ingress of water into the cargo hold and protect the goods from being damaged and getting wet.)
Ernest was in the infantry and a Mess Sargeant while in Japan. He helped serve in the kitchen, where they would serve up to 1,100 men a day. He also helped sending troops home.
After an honorable discharge, Ernest returned home, where he went into farming in the Northwood area. He had no other family in the service.
The Top of Iowa Quilt Club sews patriotic quilts to donate to local veterans. This has been done in past years, but the club made the decision to submit an article to the Lake Mills Graphic, about one veteran who receives a quilt each month. If you know any senior veterans that have not yet received a quilt, please contact Dave Anderson, Robin Grunhovd, or Bill Clark.