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Ray’s Ruck honors Audrain soldiers ambushed by Nazis 77 years ago
Roses were lain on the Exercise Tiger Army and Navy memorial at the Audrain County Courthouse. Photo by Stan Swartz.
Pic #1 Susan Haines USTF National Director presents Col. Paul Kirchoff, USArmy retired and State Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, with the accompanying citation for the Medal of Combat Valor.
Susan Haines, USTF National Director, presents Audrain County Commissioner Steve Hobbs with a plaque in the shape of the state of Missouri with an engraved plate containing the outline of Audrain County with a piece of the blue ribbon that was hung on the “Exercise Tiger Anchor”. April 28, 2020 a 5 foot blue ribbon “A Symbol of Hope” was placed on the Anchor with the understanding that it would remain there until a vaccine was found for the Covid19 virus. The ribbon was officially cut down on April 28, 2021, signifying that a vaccine was discovered, and Americans could once again live without fear.
Susan Haines, USTF National Director, received an autographed picture from the 139th AirLift Wing from Rosecrans AFB in St. Joe, Mo. The Wing presented Susan with the autographed picture thanking her for all she and the USTF have done to recognize our nation’s warriors, including theirs. The picture will be mounted in the USTF Home Office in Columbia, Mo.
Ted Forester and Dave Hollabaugh, pilots from the Kingdom Pilot’s association, volunteered to deliver masks across the state as part of the “Mask A Vet” campaign. Photo by Stan Shwartz
Lt. David Bohannon, U.S. Navy, ROTC UMC, delivered SECNAV’s remarks. Bohannon said he was proud to be able to deliver the SECNAV’s remarks, because his father served on an LST during his military career. The SECNAV referenced the 8 LST’s of Envoy Taffy ‘4’ who were attacked by German E-boats during the WWII Battle of Exercise Tiger in his remarks. Photo by Stan Swartz.