Emmaville Store, circa 1969

Monday, May 20, 2013

Clayton is back!

You'll be happy to know that Clayton is back in Emmaville, having arrived safe and sound last Thursday.  However, upon seeing him in the flesh, Mary and Mel became concerned.  To them, he seemed just too skinny. Clayton explained he had exercised all winter to work off all the weight he gained at Emmaville last year. So the ladies have rolled up their sleeves and are bound and determined to plump him up. 

Three squares a day, plus all the pie and ice cream he can eat ought to do it.

On a more serious note, it was 70 years ago this month that a scared 20-year-old kid from southern Minnesota found himself on the windswept island of Attu. Clayton, as a combat engineer, worked on shuttling supplies to shore and later building an airstrip.  He remembers the Battle of Attu, and remembers a sergeant saying "fix bayonets!" when the Japanese banzai charge began. Luckily, for Clayton, the closest he got to the action was catching a bullet in the smokestack of his bulldozer. He helped bury the dead Japanese soldiers after the battle. Clayton served out the rest of the war in the Aleutian Islands.

Let's remember our vets this Memorial Day weekend.

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