A public flag raising will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Arthur A. Pritzl, who served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II. The Flag of Remembrance will fly for a week in honor of Pritzl.
Pritzl was born on April 20, 1924, to Alois and Mary Pritzl in Park Falls, Wisconsin. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942 and entered the United States Army on June 22, 1944 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. His basic training was in Camp Blanding, Florida.
During World War II, Pritzl was a member of Company H 23rd Infantry Regiment. He was a rifleman which earned him the Rifle M-1 Marksman and Combat Infantryman's Badge. His tour of duty took him to Belgium, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign and the Battle of the Bulge. Pritzl was awarded the Campaign Medal along with three Bronze Stars. He was Honorably Discharged at Regional Hospital in Swift, Texas on Dec. 7, 1945.
Pritzl was a life member and very active in the Dirrigle-Sawales American Legion Post 182. He was also a member of the Heisler-Mockler VFW and the Price County Voiture 970 of the 40 et 8. Pritzl worked for the United States Post Office for 30 years from 1949-64 as a clerk-carrier and 1964-76 as the Park Falls postmaster, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He passed away on Nov. 2, 2016.
Pritzl is survived by his wife Dorothy of 39 years; three daughters, Virginia (Gene) Leopold, Superior, Martha (Greg) Lottes, Madison, Patricia (Gerry) Johnson, Tomahawk; two sons, David (Michelle) Pritzl, Park Falls, Roger Frings of Madison; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The entire Pritzl family is proud of Pritzl's service to his country and are happy to have a Flag of Remembrance flown in his memory.
The Flag of Remembrance Program, sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, honors the life and memory of one deceased veteran every week by flying a flag over the historical center, 305 Harbor View Parkway, Superior. The flag is respectfully raised each Friday by members of Post 435 and lowered the following Friday at 8:30 a.m. Information on the veteran is on display in the center throughout the week.
For more information about the Flag of Remembrance Program, call John Vaski, 715-394-7693, or Scott Markle, 218-269-4675; leave a message at the center, 715-392-7151; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.