A U.S. Army veteran of World War II will be honored with a flag raising Friday, Sept. 13.
Francis Wayne Koski, known as “Wayne” to family and friends, was born Nov. 17, 2925 in Superior, the middle of Emil and Sigrid Koski’s three children.
After graduating in Superior in 1944, Koski joined the Army and became adept with the bazooka weapon. After completing his basic training in Florida, he was sent to the European Theater to take part in the Battle of the Bulge. He arrived in Europe in December 1944. During the battle, Koski endured extreme cold and wet snow, and developed a severe case of trench foot, which plague him the rest of his life.
During his military service, Koski earned the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, a Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Most noteworthy was when Koski received the Bronze Star Medal for courageous and heroic actions.
Koski was discharged Nov. 2, 1946. He returned to Superior and married the love of his life, Eleanor “Peggy” Fjellman on March 5, 1948. They raised two daughters, JoAnn and Virginia.
Koski worked as a carman for Burlington Railroad for 39 years before retiring. Wayne and Peggy became snowbirds in 1987 and would eventually become residents of Hemet, California. He enjoyed going to the movies and dancing with his wife Peggy when he wasn’t working on something, and took pride in helping others.
Koski died Feb. 20, 2015, at his home in Hemet.
The entire Koski family is proud of his service to country and are happy to have a Flag of Remembrance flown in his memory.
The American flag will be raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the “Flag of Remembrance Program,” sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, contact Scott Markle at 218-269-4675 or leave a message at the Bong Center at 715-392-7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.