After World War 2, it was common to compile a book of those in the community who served in the war, both to record and commemorate their service, and to celebrate the sacrifice of those who didn’t return.
German township sent more than 200 men and women to serve in the military, and many more who supported the effort at home in factories and on farms. Every part of that period of our history is permeated with those efforts, from war bonds and victory gardens to scrap drives and ration books.
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The portrait at the top of this article is Lt John T Evins, who was killed in action in his Flying Fortress in the European theater in 1943. He left a widow—the former Jeanette Huff—and infant daughter.
Evins and others who lost their lives in service to their country are labeled with the tag “Gold Star”. Below is the full set.