Flag honors Naval career of WWII vetA Milwaukee man is honored today for serving his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy.
A Milwaukee man is honored today for serving his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy.
The Flag of Remembrance is raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Thomas M. Fuhrman.
Fuhrman was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Milwaukee. He and his brothers Fred, Danny and Ed, all served during World War II but Tom decided to make the United States Navy his first career, enlisting in 1943 and serving 20 years. After boot camp in Farragut, Idaho, Tom specialized in aviation electronics and served at numerous Naval Air Stations including assignments with VX-4 (Test and Evaluation Squadron), ZP-2 (Airship Squadron) and VP-18 (Patrol Squadron). Tom’s duty stations were primarily on the East Coast except for six months in Iceland in 1955 and the completion of his naval career at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center outside Chicago, where Tom retired in 1962 with the rank of Master Chief (E-9).
Tom married Emma ‘Ruth’ Fuhrman in August 1945, just six weeks after they met in Beaufort, S.C. They were married 53 years until Tom passed away. Tom and Ruth had five children, all born at Naval installations, Barbara, Thomas Jr., Rebekah, Margaret and Robert — the last serving as executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.
Following his Naval Service, Tom entered the computer field and became director of data processing at Pioneer Container in Cedarburg, Wis. After retiring from his civilian career, Tom and Ruth returned to South Carolina, living in Summerville.
Tom Fuhrman passed away Dec. 1, 1998, and is buried in Beaufort National Cemetery. Ruth was buried alongside her ‘Tommy’ when she passed away earlier this year.
The “Flag of Remembrance Program”, sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, honors the memory of one deceased veteran every week by flying a flag over the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harborview Parkway. The flag flies for one week and information about the veteran is on display in the center. For information, contact John Vaski at 715-394-7693; Scott Markle at 218-269-4675 or the center at 715-392-7151.
The flag raising is free and open to the public.