BEATRICE – A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran was honored Wednesday, by the Gage County Board.
Franklin Damrow was in the service beginning in September of 1942. Damrow was an aerial engineer on a C-47 transport plane, serving multiple locations in the Pacific. County Veterans Service Officer Phil Dittbrenner says Damrow was awarded nearly ten medals, including the distinguished flying cross.
Damrow said he was part of a crew that flew transport planes for a troop carrier command, and helped evacuate the wounded and sick.
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Damrow was accompanied by numerous relatives and friends as he was recognized before the board of supervisors, Wednesday morning…part of a continuing effort to recognized the dedication of local war veterans.
Damrow’s crew, later in the war, transported goods on longer flights from island to island. At the war’s end, supplies were taken to occupation troops in Japan. He was among the first to land in Japan following the end of the war. Damrow remembers his aircraft circling the Japanese Emperor’s palace.
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Damrow said he was fortunate on a couple of occasions.
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Damrow called it a privilege to serve his country….an experience he’ll never forget….and will keep a memory of, forever.