VHS grads serving in Iraq; families display Blue Stars

VHS grads serving in Iraq; families display Blue Stars What do Paula O'Connor, Jo Ann Stockland, Elise Tracy, Elaine Kauer, Eileen Shedd, Sue Berg, and Gloria Barnes have in common? They are the Blue Star Mothers of Vermillion High School graduates serving in Iraq.

They meet on a regular basis and share information with one another.

Sgt. Willy O'Connor, 2nd/147th FA, S.D. Army National Guard, and Cpl. Shane O'Connor, CCSB 7, MEP Plt., U.S. Marine Reserves, are the sons of Paula and Bill O'Connor.

SPC Dana and SSG Chad Stockland, 2 /147th FA, S.D. Army National Guard, are the sons of Jo Ann and David Stockland.

SPC Matt Tracy, 2 /147th FA, S.D. Army National Guard, is the son of Elsie and Steve Tracy.

SPC Bryce Kauer, 2 /147th FA, S.D. Army National Guard, is the son of John and Elaine Kauer.

Sgt. Nick Shedd, 2 /147th FA, S.D. Army National Guard, is the son of Mike and Eileen Shedd.

Sgt. David Berg, 2 /147th FA, S.D. Army National Guard, is the son of Sue and David Berg.

Sgt. Michael Stach, 2/24 ECHO Co., U.S. Marine Reserves, is the son of Gloria and Bob Barnes and Heather and Bob Stach of Lakeland, FL.

Other local sons serving in Iraq are SPC John Lindblom, 2 /147th FA, S.D. Army National Guard, and Sgt. Gerry Tracy 2 /147 FA, S.D. Army National Guard. Lindblom is the son of Murray and Gene Lindblom and Tracy is the son of Kathy and Tim Tracy.

The Blue Star banners are displayed by families who have a loved one serving in the Armed Forces, including activated members of the National Guards and Reserves. The banner displayed in the front window of a home shows a family pride in their loved one serving in the military and reminds others that preserving America's freedom demands much.

Blue Star Mothers Organizations were established during World War I and remain active today.

If you would like to know more about the Blue Stars, these mothers would suggest you read the book Blue Stars, Stories of South Dakota World War II Veterans, written by South Dakota author, Greg Latza.

These mothers would like to remind you to support the troops and keep these young men in your thoughts and prayers.

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