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Flag to fly for Hoffman brothers

A Flag of Remembrance will fly Friday for Russell M. Hoffman and his brothers Vernal R. Hoffman and Kenneth B. Hoffman. Russell served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps during world War II. Vernal served in the United St...

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Russell Hoffman, Kenneth (Kenny) B. Hoffman, Vernal R. (Bud) Hoffman

A Flag of Remembrance will fly Friday for Russell M. Hoffman and his brothers Vernal R. Hoffman and Kenneth B. Hoffman.

Russell served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps during world War II. Vernal served in the United States Army in World War II and Kenneth served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

The American Flag is raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for the Hoffman brothers.

Russell Hoffman was a casualty of World War II. Russell was first reported missing in action on May 7, 1942, in the Philippine Islands following the fall of Corregidor. Later, his remains were found and it was determined that Russell had died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. He was eventually buried at the United States Military Cemetery, Fort McKinley, in the Philippine Islands.

Vernal R. "Bud" Hoffman was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Superior. As a young man, Vernal faithfully and honorably served with the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1940 to 1941. During World War II, Vernal served in the Quartermaster’s Corps. He passed away Aug. 8, 2011, preceded in death by his loving wife, Martha.

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Kenneth B. "Kenny" Hoffman was born Feb. 21, 1932, in Superior. He graduated from East High School of Superior in 1951. Like his two brothers before him, Kenny also entered military service and served his country honorably in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952. He was honorably discharged from the military with the rank of corporal. Returning to civilian life, Kenny would spend his working career as a locomotive engineer. Kenny was a proud member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He retired from Chicago & North Western Railway on May 12, 1994, after 42 years in the railroad industry. After retirement, Kenny remained very active in different sports and activities. Kenny passed away on Feb. 24, 2014, preceded in death by his first wife, Leila and survived by his spouse, Donna.

Russell, Vernal and Kenneth were the sons of Frank and Ethel (Winchester) Hoffman. Interestingly, their father, Frank, had served in World War I.

This event is free.

For more information about the "Flag of Remembrance Program," contact John Vaski at 715-394-7693, Scott Markle at 218-269-4675 or leave a message at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center at 715-392-7151, or email info@bvhcenter.org or educator@bvhcenter.org .

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