June 6, 1944, was the American invasion of Europe, 75 years ago. I had just graduated from Chetek High School.
By March 1945, I was at Fort McClellan, Ala., receiving training for military combat and ended going, via ship, to the Philippines for the invasion of Japan.
On Aug. 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman authorized dropping the first atomic bomb on Japan, leading to the Japanese surrender.
I stayed in the Philippines and transferred to Guam.
The war ended and I moved back to the United States for my military discharge in November 1946.
Now, at age 92, one of the few World War II veterans still living. I receive full medical coverage from the Veterans Administration, all from former military service of World War II.