WWII trunk finds way home

Mel Bowman of Lincoln had two missions when he visited Falls City last week. One was a bit more unusual than the other.

Bowman had been part of an Aug. 23, 2008, Veterans Ride that included a stopover in Falls City. The ride raised funds for POW and MIA efforts, as well as for homeless veterans in the Lincoln area. Bowman rode on behalf of the DAV.

While in Falls City last week, he presented a plaque commemorating the ride to Veterans Service Officer Ralph Huettner and Gary Jorn, representing the City of Falls City. The City “escorted us into town and out of town,” said Bowman. “It was very impressive.” And Huettner arranged for water to be available at the Veterans Park for the riders.

But the really unique presentation from Bowman was a World War II vintage trunk belonging to an Army Major from Falls City.

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