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Bob Lind, Published November 10 2013

Neighbors: WWII soldier not forgotten

The story was of a local man who was on the front lines in Germany during World War II.

Gordon Strom, 19, of Moorhead, was in combat there in 1945 when a mortar shell landed in his foxhole, killing him.

Last year, a German found a bracelet with Gordon’s name on it, still on the site where Gordon died, and sent it to Gordon’s family.

All this was in a Neighbor’s column earlier this year – a column that registered with people who knew Gordon.

It “brought back pleasant memories of the Stroms, who were our next-door neighbors in the 1930s, so I knew them well,” Gene Lee, Dallas, writes.

“Gordon and I played together as pre-teens, although he was a couple of years older than me,” he says.

Tom Hannaher, Fargo, writes that Gordon was in the Moorhead High School class of 1943, while Tom was in the ’42 class. “We were friends,” Tom says.

“In late 1943, thanks to the draft, we went to Fort Snelling (Minn.) together, planning to be in the Army and hoping to attend Army college training. However, I got sidetracked and ended up in the Marine Corps. But Gordy did go into the Army.

“But the Army college training program was scrapped about that time and Gordy ended up in Europe, and I spent more than two years in the Pacific and in China.

“This is all a long time ago,” Tom says, “but the article reminded me of a very special nice guy, Gordy Strom.”

And on this Veterans Day, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifice of veterans like Gordy and Tom and others for the nation.

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