A 60-year milestone

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To the editor:

After graduating from Lena High School in May 1957, I joined the Navy on June 28, 1957. The Navy recruiters for Northeastern Wisconsin had set up what they called a Packerland Company. They signed up almost a full boot camp company.

On the 28th of June, 1957, we had a noon luncheon in Green Bay where we were sworn in. Later in the afternoon we boarded a train for Great Lakes Naval Station. The train stopped that evening near the front gate, and we walked in.

Other local enlistees of the Packerland Company included J.A. Couillard, Ronald Funk and James Walls from Oconto, Daniel Voelker and Ronald Skarda from Coleman, Dale Brehmer and Joseph Koebach from Oconto Falls, and Clyde Tucker Jr. from Carter.

I enlisted on what was known as the kiddie cruise. If you entered while you were 17 years old, you got out the day before you were 21. You were also guaranteed a service school.

To this day I am still proud to have served our country and would do it all again.

Alan Christopherson,

Oconto Falls