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Gage County Board honors veteran

Gage County Board honors veteran

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A World War II veteran was recognized on Wednesday for his service to the country.

Harm Huls was selected as this month’s Veteran Honor Award recipient. The program aims to recognize veterans during Gage County Board of Supervisor’s meetings.

Gage County Veteran Services officer Phil Dittbrenner introduced Huls during the meeting, and detailed his service history for the board.

“He was a private first class in the United States Army,” Dittbrenner said. “He enlisted on June 6, 1942 and he received his basic training at Camp Rogers, California. After basic training he was sent to Camp Hood, Texas, now known as Fort Hood. While he was there he was an instruction on use of the .50 caliber machine gun. He stayed at Camp Hood for two years and was an instructor.”

From there, Huls was sent to Mississippi where he trained for six months as a gunner on reconnaissance missions.

He was later sent to Hawaii and ultimately served in the Philippines.

Huls was discharged on Feb. 4, 1946.

For his service, Huls was awarded the Sharp Shooter Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and an Honorable Service Lapel Pin.

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