You may remember Capt. Hilmer’s father, Paul, a Clinton County assessor who later served many years as a volunteer at the Clinton County Courthouse greeting and helping visitors find the appropriate office.
Just imagine the possibilities that are open to all of our young men and women. These were all people with talent, ambition and an adventuresome spirit — desirous of going out into the world to accomplish important things. What makes these achievers different from those of us who are “stay at home folks” — who are content with much quieter and less noteworthy lives?
• Next time — Another military hero will soon be honored. Lt. Louis Longman lived in Clinton in the 1930s. He was a pilot who crashed in the jungle in the Pacific Theater of War in WWII, and his body and plane have recently been discovered. He will be buried at the Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery in April.
• Sources — Time magazine, Clinton Herald, Mike Kearney, Dick Herrity and Alice Gardner.
Gary Herrity is the Clinton Herald’s historical columnist. His columns appear on Fridays.