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Veterans receive diplomas at HHS

Posted: Monday, Nov 12th, 2012


From left, Huron School Board member Tim Van Berkum presents an honorary diploma to Keith T. McMillan while School Board member Nichole Yost and Superintendent Terry Nebelsick look on. McMillan enlisted in the Air Force on Feb. 27, 1952. He served in munitions, and was one of those responsible for guided and unguided nonnuclear bombs in the Korean War; he was honorably discharged Feb. 26, 1956. In the next photo is Dani Walraven, who spoke at the Huron High School Veterans Day Assembly. Walraven, a 2006 Huron High School graduate, joined the South Dakota Army National Guard on May 26, 2005, at 17 years of age. She volunteered to deploy with the 842nd Engineer Company out of Spearfish, Sturgis and Belle Fourche in May 2009. On Sept. 23, 2011, she left Spearfish for her year-long deployment to Afghanistan. She returned to South Dakota on Sept. 27 of this year. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED


HURON — Five veterans were honored and given honorary diplomas at the Huron High School Veterans Day Assembly on Friday.

The assembly was coordinated by Rita Cook and Demi Moon, of Huron High School, and Ken Lindblad, of the Beadle County Veterans Service office.

“Today is a very special day,” said Demi Moon, Huron High School Principal. “It is our chance to honor those who are currently serving and those who have served our country through one of the armed services.”

Dani Walraven spoke at the Veteran’s Day Assembly. Walraven, a 2006 Huron High School graduate, joined the South Dakota Army National Guard on May 26, 2005, at 17 years of age. She worked as a mechanic for five years with the 153rd Engineer Battalion, Det. 1 in Huron. She volunteered to deploy with the 842nd Engineer Company out of Spearfish, Sturgis and Belle Fourche in May 2009. On Sept. 23, 2011, she left Spearfish for her year-long deployment to Afghanistan. She returned to South Dakota on Sept. 27 of this year.

After Walraven spoke, Moon presented presented diplomas to the veterans being honored at the event. “South Dakota codified law allows a war veteran serving during designated periods to request an honorary high school diploma,” she said. “Throughout history, war veterans have left to serve their country before completing high school. It is my honor today to recommend five veterans who have met the criteria and are ready to receive their diploma.”

The five veterans who received their diplomas were Gary L. Heath, Keith T. McMillan, Melvin P. Schneider, Franklin A. Rau, and Thelma M. (Power) Gose. Heath enlisted in the Army on Oct. 4, 1968, and served as a heavy vehicle driver in Vietnam and was honorably discharged from service on May 15, 1971. McMillan enlisted in the Air Force on Feb. 27, 1952. He served in munitions and was one of those responsible for guided and unguided nonnuclear bombs in the Korean War; he was honorably discharged Feb. 26, 1956. Schneider enlisted in the Army on Sept. 22, 1951, and he served with a transportation unit in the Korean War. Schneider was honorably discharged Sept. 24, 1953. Rau enlisted in the Army on January 15, 1962, and served as a field communication specialist in Vietnam and was honorably discharged from service June 25, 1970. Also honored was Gose, who enlisted in the Women Army Corps, U.S. Army Air Forces on April 4, 1944. She served as an airplane and engine mechanic for 747s during World World II and was honorably discharged December 6, 1945.

For the complete article see the 11-11-2012 issue.

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