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302 S. Lake St. PO Box 123, Boyne City, Michigan

Ernest Peterson Post 228

VETERAN OF THE MONTH
 
March 2016
 
Maurice Peter Kraemer, Jr.
 
Born on Jan. 3rd, 1949, Kraemer grew up and attended school in East Jordan, Mich. In Oct. of 1968 Kraemer was inducted into the Armed Forces receiving basic and advanced individual training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. While home on leave Kraemer married Mary LaCroix on April 1st, 1969. On April 13th, 1969 Kraemer was sent to the Republic of Vietnam assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division serving as a Radio Operator. On Aug. 31st, 1969 Kraemer was awarded The Bronze Star Medal for heroism in action while engaged in military operations against hostile forces. On July 27th, 1969, during a ground reconnaissance operation, his unit came under intense enemy fire. PFC Kraemer returned devastating fire on the insurgent’s position, which contributed, to the success of the mission. On Sept. 11th, 1969 Kraemer was awarded The Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement while participating in an Aerial Flight from May 5th to July 25th, 1969 and flew more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory in support of combat operations. Kraemer was also awarded the The National Defense Service Medal; The Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Service Bar; The Vietnam Campaign Medal; The Combat Infantrymen’s Badge; Expert Badge with the BAR Rifle; Marksmen’s Badge with the Automatic Rifle and Machine Gun; and the Good Conduct Medal. On Oct. 10th, 1969, while on a reconnaissance patrol in the Hau Nghia Province, a hostile mine was detonated killing Kraemer instantly and wounding several others. Kraemer was Posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star for Heroism in ground combat, a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations against Hostile Forces from April 13th, 1969 to Oct. 10th, 1969, The Purple Heart Medal and was promoted to the rank of Corporal. The news was devastating to his Wife, family and friends back home. Kraemer was the 3rd soldier from East Jordan to be killed during the Vietnam War. Kraemer’s Company Commander stated, “Throughout his assignment to this Company, I had observed Maurice to be an exemplary soldier. His integrity and devotion to duty earned him the respect of all with whom he came in contact” unquote. On Oct. 10th, 1969, Maurice Peter Kraemer, Jr. answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Mary, siblings Judy, Chuck, Cathi, Carol, Jerry, Steve, Tim, Cris, Lori, Bill and their families.
 
 
February 2016
 
Lloyd Joseph Prevo.
 
Born on April 23rd, 1922 in the village of Sheldrick, Sheldrick Township, Chippawa County in Michigans’ Eastern Upper Peninsula. Prevo spent his younger years in the Upper Peninsula during the lumber era and then moved with his family to the Green River area south of East Jordan, Mich. in Antrim County. For a short time Prevo attended the Bush Country School and following another family move, to the Hogs Back Hill area, where he attended the Bennett School, completing the 8th grade. Prevo helped with the farming chores and later moved down state seeking work while living with his half sister. He registered with the Selective Service on June 30, 1942 in Detroit, Mich. and shortly after was inducted into the Army receiving Basic and Advanced Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Prevo was assigned to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion and sent to North Africa and following the North African Campaign, the 601st was re-equipped with M-10 Wolverine Tank Destroyers, loaded aboard ships and landed at Salerno, Italy with Operation Avalanche in Sept. of 1943. This unit was an Elite Special Unit, formed with the intent to stop Hitlers Panzer Tanks, and was involved in 10 Campaigns and 546 days of lethal combat. During combat operations, on October 21st, 1943, Private Lloyd Joseph Prevo died in action when his tank took a direct hit and exploded.
One month prior to Prevo being killed in action, his father Joseph Prevo passed away from cancer. A telegram was sent to notify him, however he never received the notification. On Nov. 8th, 1943 his mother was notified by Military Personnel that her son had been killed in action. The Department of the Army told her that she could have him buried in the American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy or could have him flown back to the states, however it may take up to five years for his return. Making a very hard decision, she asked that he be buried over there. As funds would allow, flowers were sent every Memorial Day to decorate his grave. At the age of 84, in 1984, when asked by her children what she wanted for her birthday, she said she would like to visit her sons’ grave, as his final resting place was always on her mind. Mrs. Alena Prevo Stenke got her wish, and with her son Herman and daughter Etla accompanying her, they made her wish come true. Mrs. Stenke was always present as a Gold Star Mother during Memorial Day Services in East Jordan and was very proud of the sacrifice her son Lloyd Joseph made for his country, and also proud of her other three sons Miles, Ervin and Herman for their Military Service. Alena was presented with her sons’ Purple Heart Medal that she always cherished. On October 21st, 1943 Private Lloyd Joseph Prevo answered the final call and is being honored by the Prevo family.
 
January 2016
 
Mercer Harding Carey.
 
Born on April 10th, 1921 on the family farm near Atlanta, Mich., where he would grow up working the land and attending school, Carey graduated from Atlanta High School in the class of 1940. In 1942 he moved to East Jordan, Mich. going to work for The East Jordan Iron Works until Oct. 10th, 1942 when he was inducted into the Army entering into active duty on Oct. 24th, 1942 in Detroit, Mich. Following Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training, where he qualified as Sharpe Shooter with the M1 Rifle and Browning Automatic Rifle, Carey was reassigned to Company F, 383rd Infantry, serving as a squad leader, and while home on leave on June 21st, 1944 he married Bernice Helen Olson. On July 23rd, 1944 Carey departed the USA arriving in The Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations on July 28th, 1944 and participated in Battles and Campaigns in Sou Philippines, Ryukyua, Leyte Bay and Okinawa. On April 28th, 1945, in the West Pacific, Carey was wounded when hit by shrapnel in the arm, leg and chest and was sent back to the USA arriving at McCloskey General Hospital, Temple, Texas on May 23rd, 1945 to recover from his wounds. On Feb. 19th, 1946 Carey was given a Certificate Disability Discharge from McCloskey General Hospital and on Feb. 21st, 1946 Carey was given an Honorable Discharge having attained the non-commissioned officer rank of Staff Sergeant and received the following decorations and citations: M-1 Rifle SS Medal, BAR Metal, Combat Infantryman Badge, The American Theater Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with Two Bronze Battle Stars, The Philippines Liberation Medal with Two Bronze Battle Stars, The Good Conduct Medal, The Purple Heart Medal, One Overseas Service Bar (representing six months service) and The World War II Victory Medal. Returning home to East Jordan, Carey went to work for The East Jordan Public Schools in 1947 as the School Custodian serving for 30 years where he touched the lives of countless students and teachers and gained many lifelong friends retiring in 1977. From 1977 to 1984 he worked for Northwestern State Bank in East Jordan as a bank courier and gardener. During retirement Carey remained active in his community serving as Chaplain for The Military Order of The Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid photographer and was an elder in the Community of Christ Church performing many marriages, funerals and other special services. He received The Citizen of The Year, served on the cities Elm Pointe Commission and Portside Historical Society and he was involved in 4-H Club, Little League and many school activities. On Jan. 5th, 2002 Mercer Harding Carey answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Bernice, children Bud, Donna, George, Marty, and their families.

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