Three World War II veterans honored in Elkhart

ELKHART, Ind.--- At the Elkhart City Hall, they are home to a wall memorializing members of the community who served in World War II. However, if you walked in before Tuesday, they'd be missing the three names of brothers who served in the war.

"A friend of mine showed me her dad's name on the wall," Theresa Lewis, Leon Anglemyer's daughter said. "So I looked up at the A's and no name. It made my heart sink and it got me kind of angry, it really did."

There are about 3,800 names on the wall in City Hall but somehow, the Anglemyer brothers weren't on there. So Lewis took it upon herself to honor her father and uncles.

"I called the mayor's office and the VFW," Lewis said. "When they couldn't help me, that's when I contacted the Elkhart Truth."

Lewis did an article with The Elkhart Truth to help honor her father, and it worked.

"The newspaper article was on June 20, and the mayor called me on the 21st," Lewis said. "I'm ecstatic about it. It's going to be so nice to walk in there and see they're honored with the rest of the people who served in this community."

At the service on Tuesday, the three Anglemyer brothers were honored in a full ceremony. There was a color guard present along with the playing of Taps to honor the three men.

"This is very important," Ron Lundy, Elkhart County Veteran Service Officer said. "It's an honor and we need to always remember our veterans. This is one of those situations where they weren't up there so we made it right. We have to remember all of our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom."

"It's like they were forgotten, three brothers from the same family," Lewis said. "It means so much to me and I noticed when they played Taps at the ceremony, I looked back at my uncle and he had tears in his eyes. I know how much that means to him."

Warren Anglemyer, the youngest of the four brothers, was exempted from service because of his three older brothers. But on Tuesday, he was extremely proud of them for their service.

"People now can see that they are here," Anglemyer said. "It's just a case of recognition and I think that's very great."

Leon Anglemyer was a Prisoner of War in Germany during World War II, so Lewis feels this honor is the least he deserves for what he had to endure.

"He came back from Germany weighing about 80 lbs. and he survived by eating grass and rotten bread," Lewis said. "He passed away when I was six. So this is my gift to him since I couldn't give him a gift when he was alive.


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