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Stratford centennial

Stratford "we serve our country",   pp. 133-141

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1956 Memorial Day Services in Village Park
Take notice of the beautiful gazebo in the background. Front row: (l-r) Pete Steines, Vess Laessig, Harvey Wiesman, John
Kaiser, Rupert Wenzel,Ray Belanger. BackRow: Ray Kaiser, Newman Bean, Ken Weber, Alfred Dunow, Arnold Steines, Ralph
Kopp, Wally Szymanski. Photo courtesy of Don Weber.
Korean War Veterans
James Schlotthauer
Donald Kohlbeck
Vietnam Vets
Lawrence Bohman
Terrance Kohlbeck
Larry Oertel
In 1991 another group of Stratford Area men &
women were called into the service of their country. We
regret that we were unable to obtain a list of all who were
involved in the Persian Gulf Conflict known as Desert
Storm. At this time (April 1991) the streets of Stratford
are decorated with yellow ribbons and the American
Flag in honor of these individuals.
Viet Nam War
From Stratford Journal, February, 1966
Awarded Purple Heart
Spec. 5 Richard Steines, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Steines
has received the Purple Heart for valor in the line of duty in
Viet Nam. Steines, who was with the 173rd Airborne, had
been in Viet Nam since May 1965, until he was wounded in
action Sept. 21, 1965. His most severe wounds in September,
besides several flesh wounds, was in his foot which was struck
by a piece of grenade, causing a hole in the foot and fractures.
Steines graduated from Stratford High School in 1962,
and received his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
(We were unable to obtain a listof Stratford Area men and
women who had served in Viet Nam.)

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