This week we honor a WWII veteran who recently celebrated his 94th birthday, Elmer Hinrichs. Elmer was drafted into the Army in 1942 and completed basic training in San Diego California. He was trained in artillery and anti-aircraft gunnery.
Elmer was transferred to Pearl Harbor and joined an anti-aircraft crew, operating a gun that was salvaged from a sunken ship in the harbor. His last gun had a range of 30 miles and required machinery just to move it. In one of its first tests they broke out windows all the way across the bay.
After the war Elmer returned to the states for the first time since his deployment to his home in Hildreth. He farmed there for the rest of his working life.
Elmer now calls Grand Island his home, and lives in the Veterans Home. His family celebrated his birthday with him last week. They said they are proud of not only Elmer's service but also the service of all the men and women who served our country alongside him in WWII.
Elmer, Thank you for your service to our country and happy 94th birthday.