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Beyondbliss – “Rhyme Alaskan”

Duluth’s David Kittelson, aka Beyondbliss, raps while kayaking in Alaska.

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Helmut Flaag

about 1 month ago

He's good. So, yesterday I picked up an Oracle Senior Class yearbook from Denfeld 1944. I like to purchase yearbooks of this vintage and look people up, mainly to see if they served. It's a fairly safe bet one or two of the guys in this book died in the Bataan death march or were decapitated by a Japanese soldier somewhere in the South Pacific, far away from the safety of Duluth. 

I found it oddly ironic that the very first guy I looked up, this modest looking slightly handsome young lad from West Duluth who'd been on the ski team, entered service at Fort Snelling exactly 75 years ago today.

His obituary read:

Robert G. Huston entered the Army on Sept. 11,1944 at Fort Snelling, Mn. He was assigned to Camp J. T. Robinson, Ark. for basic infantry training. In January 1945, he embarked for Europe from New York on the Queen Elizabeth. In early February 1945 he joined the 2nd platoon, 114th Infantry Regiment, 44th Inf. Division. As a Pfc. he served as Rifleman-Bazooka gunner and Scout. In Alsace-Lorraine, France, he was wounded in left knee and sutured by Medics in the field. He continued in combat through Germany, Bavaria and into Austria on VE Day while still only 18 years of age. He returned to the USA on July 20,1945 via Queen Elizabeth. He was assigned to Company I ,23rd Inf. Reg., 2nd Inf. Division. Promoted to Squad Leader then Platoon Sgt. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, E.T.O. Campaign Medal with 2 battle stars, Army of Occupation Service Medal [Germany], American Campaign Medal and the WW II Victory Medal. He was given an Honorable Discharge as Sergeant on June 27th 1946.
For those of you who don't understand the balls it took to go off and fight the Germans or the Japanese overseas and get shot in the knee, only to have to keep going until the war was over, or you were, I can't help you.

Helmut Flaag

about 1 month ago

BTW, that class had three Doris Johnsons.

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