To Honor our POW'S
During WWII, Union County had 35 Pows. As of January 2007, there are still four that are alive and members of Union Post 79. They are Raymond (Ray) Veley, Herman Blumenshein, and Clarence Gamble from the New Dover area, and Don Boreland from Richwood.
Mr. Veley and Mr. Blumenschein were both held prisoner in Germany. Mr. Gamble was a Pow held in Europe and Mr. Borland was also held in Germany.
We had a POW by the name of Charles (Chuck) Reidmiller who was held by the Japanese in the Phillipines and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Sadly Mr. Reidmiller passed away in 2005.
As of 24 January, 2007, we have learned that Mr. Blumenschein has taken ill and under Hospice care. Please say a prayer for him.
If you would like to know more about the life of a POW from the WWII era, Mr. Veley has produced a book called " My Journey Through Life" . The Post has a copy of it and is a part of the 2006 - 2007 History Book. Or you can contact Mr. Veley himself for a copy.
Also the book, Heroes from the Heartland would be a good source.