Ceremony to honor Korea veteran for service

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The Dubois County Veterans Council has a full day of activities planned for Saturday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day. Anyone is invited to attend and participate.  All of Dubois County’s veteran organizations will be represented and recognized.

The day will begin with an 8 a.m. mass at St. Joseph Church in Jasper to honor all veterans living and deceased. All veterans groups will join in the procession of posting their colors in the front of church. 

American Legion Post 147 of 1220 Newton St., Jasper, is the host for this years Dubois County Veterans Council observance of Veterans Day. Post Commander and Master of Ceremonies Pat Moriarty said the program will begin at 11 a.m. with the Northeast Dubois High School band performing some patriotic songs and playing the national anthem. An opening prayer will be given by Chaplain Kerry Heichelbech. 

Guest speaker will be Marine Corps and Army veteran SFC Anthony Hurst, who has excelled during his military career and has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding service, such as being his platoon’s “Honor Grad” and receiving the “Leatherneck Award” during his time at Marine Corps Boot Camp. He was also the Army Basic Honor grad, received the “Draper Leadership award” and was awarded the “Order of St. George” by the United states Armor Association.

Hurst retired on Jan. 26, 2011, after more than 23 years of active duty and with a total of 30 awards and decorations, including the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and an Army Achievement Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters. 

He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Shawn, Anthony and Hailey.

Veterans Council President Chris Fleck will present the Living Veteran Award to this year’s recipient, Marvin Boeglin.

Boeglin today.

Boeglin was born on Feb. 6, 1933, to William and Viola Boeglin of Huntingburg. He enlisted in the Air Force in January of 1952 with basic training at Stead Air Force Base near Reno, Nevada.

After basic training, he was sent to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia to train to be a gunner on the B-26 aircraft. In January 1953, he was assigned to the 8th Bomber Squadron as the gunner of the three-man crew on the B-26 in Korea. His aircraft flew 50 missions from January through July of 1953. 

After his tour in Korea, Boeglin was transferred to Randolph Base as an instructor for the four-engine B-29 bomber and was promoted to staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a night mission on July 1, 1953, where six enemy trucks were destroyed. He was also awarded the National Defense, Good Conduct and Korean service ribbons, and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Upon returning home Boeglin attended photography school in Warsaw and went to work for Chase Studio in Huntingburg, eventually purchasing the studio. He retired after 42 years of taking photos of weddings and other events almost every weekend. 

Boeglin during his service.

Boeglin married Jeanette Pfaff in December of 1952 and they are the parents of three sons, Denny, David and Jay. They have seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Boeglin was very active in the Huntingburg community as a member of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, 14 years as chief. He was elected to the common council for four terms. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, where he has served on the church council. He is also a member the Eagles and YMI of Huntingburg, National Rifle Association of America, Dubois County Museum and Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio. He is a past member of the Jaycees and Optimist Club, serving as president for one year. 

Boeglin served his veterans by driving the Disabled American Veterans van, transporting them to the Veterans Affairs clinics and hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky, and Marion, Illinois. He is a member of the Holland American Legion Post 343 and the Huntingburg VFW Post 2366, serving on the House committee. He is also a member of the Memorial Detail Honor Guard.

The Veterans Day observance will close with a prayer and a salute to departed veterans.

A reception will follow for the family friends of Boeglin and those who participated in the observance.

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