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Andy Baer, 2007 

Branch of Service: United States Army Air Force
Highest Rank: Private 1st Class
Military Service: January 1946 - July 1946

Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

:00 - How selected service
1:47 - Trucking business with father, donated iron for war
4:40 - Older brothers in the war, many young men in the area died during the war
6:09 - Peral Harbor
7:13 - No high school, had to work 
9:08 - GI Bill, training 
11:20 - When young read Life Mag. to learn about war
13:30 - Displaced Persons of WWII
15:30 - How war affected a person
17:40 - Letters from brothers
19:50 - Having to quit school
20:40 - Final thoughts
21:30 - Different because all young men were gone
22:38 - Comments on the book and local men that served
Andrew Baer Obituary 

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Hot Springs, SD. 

Images Provided by Andy Baer

Andy Baer, WWII

Ultimate Sacrifice - Andy Baer commented, "Our small county sacrificed many young men during WWII. it is hard to believe how many lost their lives." (Photos from book provided by Andy Baer - "Edmond County In World War II, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4807, Ipswich, South Dakota - Click)

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