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Sunday Salute: Dale Arrants

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This week we honor a veteran who served in the Army and Air Force, Dale Arrants.

Dale enlisted in the Army at Fort Crook in Omaha in 1937, working in Food Services. He was placed in the Reserves in 1940 and recalled in 1941.

His daughter Nancy remembered him coming home when her sister was born. She said he brought the measles back with him and they all got it!

Dale reenlisted after Pearl Harbor and was sent to Europe, landing in France via Utah Beach. He was wounded in Luxemburg, Germany.

Nancy said she liked to say he worked all the way from Utah Beach to Germany!

Dale chose to continue his career in the military and joined the Air Force after WWII in hopes of being stationed in Kearney.

That base closed and the family ended up moving to Texas where Dale went into recruiting. Nancy said he even tried to recruit her dates!

Her dad retired in 1961 as Tech Sergeant after earning several honors, including the Purple Heart, several ribbons and a Silver Star.

He later lost his battle with cancer in 1997.

Dale, thank you for your longtime service to our country.

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