The organizer of a planned Americanism presentation at Longfellow School in Baker says he is still looking for more women veterans and their families to help.
According to Wayne Mangold, he has some veterans and their families already lined up for the presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. at the school.
However, he is also looking to add more women and families before the presentation is made.
“I don’t have as many as I had hoped to,” he said Monday. I am going to do some more work this week. I have been working on my presentation and my video. Some people have called in, but not very many. I would like to have a few more.
“I got some who are still in the service. I have got some who have passed away,” he explained. “But, I could sure use a lot more.”
He also said that people interested in helping him could call him through Sunday. “If its by Sunday, I think it would be great,” Mangold explained. They can contact him through his post office box, Box 191 in Plevna or by calling him at 406-891-0059.
Mangold hopes to add more
“They can be from World War II, the Korean War all the way to those who are now in uniform.
“I was intending for people to volunteer the information to me,” he said recently.
“If someone in the county knew of a veteran who is deceased, I hope they would voluntarily give the name to me. I am seeking voluntary information,” he noted, adding he is not trying to get private information.
“They can send me any information they can, about the living or deceased members from Fallon County, Wibaux County and Carter County. I just would like to list their names and when they served,” he said. Mangold said he wants to recognize their service in a talk he plans to give during the event.
“I am looking at making a call for some who have been in the service,” noting it could be any of the military services as well as Merchant Marines.
“If we don’t get them all (the local women veterans), we don’t get them all. But I would like them to know we made an effort.”
Mangold also said that he also plans to use videos during the presentation, including some of the various memorials he has found across the country which women were the focus. “There is a nation women in the military building and museum right at Arlington Cemetery. I have visited it. My wife’s mom was in the military during World War II.
“What I am trying to do is get a listing of women in the military from those three counties, if we could, and publicly list them,” he said.