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Flag honors service of Bennett native

A Bennett native who served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the European Theater of World War II is remembered with a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.

Arthur Cleveland

A Bennett native who served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the European Theater of World War II is remembered with a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.

The flag flies for a week in honor of Arthur "Art" Loren Cleveland.

Cleveland was born in Bennett on April 7, 1920. He was raised in Hines, Wis., with five brothers, Ralph, Earnest, John, Harry, and Clarence and two sisters, Helen and Elaine. After the involvement of the United States into World War II, Art and three of his brothers left the family farm and went into the service.

Art went into the Army on Feb. 10, 1942, and after receiving training as a medic was assigned to the 217 General Hospitals Corp. He served in the European Theater of operations from February 1944 thru December 1945, eventually ending up in Northern France and Paris.

He was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, European, African, and Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, Three Overseas Service Bars and a Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 27, 1945.

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After the war, he resided in Duluth and was a member of VFW Post 137, Duluth. He died suddenly while working at the Duluth Air Base on Nov. 12, 1956.

His funeral flag was adoringly kept by his sister Helen Vengrin and is now being donated to proudly fly at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.

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