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Shot Down (Extendeded)

When Minnesota's Greatest Generation marched off to war, they had no idea the trials and trauma that awaited them in combat missions. In this episode, we hear from three Minnesota veterans who were stationed in England and flew bombing missions targeting the Nazis when they were shot down and put into harsh Prisoner of War camps. We also hear from a veteran who was serving in Europe at the end of the war as labor and concentration camps there were liberated. This episode features Minnesota veterans Lester Schrenck, Walter Grotz, Claude Williams and his sister Lois and Bernie Lieder.


Medal of Honor

Rufus and Daniel Ross were Yankton Sioux who grew up on a farm in Minnesota Falls—and never talked about what they did in World War II. In 2014, the brothers were posthumously awarded the Congressional Silver Medal of Honor for their service as code talkers. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

The Occupation of Japan

1946: In the months after Japan’s surrender and the official end of World War II on September 2, 1945, Lieutenant George Tani toured the rubble-strewn land with a public health team, a camera and his Japanese language skills. Was this what he’d trained for at Fort Snelling in St. Paul? Here’s Britt Aamodt.

The Disappearance of Flight 19

December 5, 1945: Herman Thelander would soon be home on leave in Kinbrae, Minnesota. But today, he and the other crewmembers of Flight 19, which consisted of five torpedo bombers, took off from a naval air station in Fort Lauderdale—and disappeared. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

Witness at Nuremberg

November 1945: Larry Tillemans never could have guessed his typing class at his high school in Minneota would land him here. Here was the Palace of Justice for the Nuremberg Trials, where over 20 Nazi officials were being tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

Report on Dachau

May 1945 – In Minneapolis, Major Reuben Berman was a doctor. Now he was at the gates of the newly liberated Dachau, on orders from the Army, to report what Nazi doctors did to the concentration camp inmates. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

The Tuskegee Airman and the Messerschmitt

March 14, 1945: Lieutenant Harold Brown of Minneapolis was a Tuskegee airman with the 332 Fighter Group on his 30th mission. This time he flew over Nazi-occupied Austria. This was also the time he found himself in a dogfight with a Messerschmitt, a superfast German jet plane, that could fly 150 mph faster than his Mustang. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

A Lieutenant on Iwo Jima

February 19, 1945: Lieutenant Gene Bierhaus had been a star player on his high school football team in Brainerd, Minnesota. But there were no cheering crowds when he and his fellow Marines waded ashore on Iwo Jima. There was only black volcanic sand and five weeks of hell ahead of them. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

A Monuments Man

January 1945: Captain Walter “Hutch” Huchthausen, formerly a design professor at the University of Minnesota, was a Monuments Man with the Army. Right now, his job was to make sure the Germans—not to mention the advancing Americans—didn’t destroy the 1200-year-old Aachen Cathedral in Germany. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

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