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David Samson, Published May 31 2010

Portraits: Daryl Best

Daryl Best will be wearing his dress blues as he commands the West Fargo VFW Post 7564 Color Guard for this morning’s Memorial Day program in West Fargo. Best served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-67 on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and watched aircraft leave the carrier as they flew missions over Vietnam.

Best was a pipe fitter and worked in damage control during his tour. “It was a million dollars of fun, but I wouldn’t do it again for a million dollars,” Best says with a grin.

He retired after a 40-year career as a pipe fitter working for different contractors in the area. He has been active in the VFW for the past 17 years, and in addition to his color guard duties, he has been both the past post and state commander. Best says it’s an honor to be a part of the color guard on Memorial Day to pay tribute and remember the good friends who have gone. The West Fargo program begins with a flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m.