Two men were recognized for their service this week by the County Board of Supervisors.

This month’s veteran honor program featured two recipients, Lenhart Fritzen and Gordon Reimer.

Fritzen was in the United States Army from March 17, 1945 to July 4, 1946. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and other medals for his service.

He described his service to the board, and how difficult training was.

“That was kind of a tough go at the infantry training,” Fritzen said. “We started out with 222. We ended up with 168 guys. It was kind of tough.”

Fritzen also shared time in the Philippines and the overwhelming hunger he saw there.

“We talk about hunger, we don’t know what hunger is in this country,” he said. “We don’t have hunger as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t seen anything that looks like hunger. When we got over there, I could not get over those little kids.”

Gordon Reimer was inducted into the United States Army on Dec. 12, 1965 and was discharged Dec. 12 1967. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and other medals.

While expressing thanks to the board for the recognition, Reimer spoke about those who weren’t fortunate enough to return from Korea.

“I was in Vietnam for a year and eight days,” he said. “I just want everybody to know that 58,000, they never came home.”

County Board member Erich Tiemann presented Reimer with a gift from the county, and said the veteran’s service extends beyond his time in the military.

“I’ve known (Reimer) for over 25 years now, and I’ve gotten advice on everything from buying a car to dating. (Reimer) has always stood by his convictions and led by a good moral compass. I’m really proud to be able to give this to you and we appreciate your service to the country and your community yet today.”

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