Jerry Mann, Hospice volunteer, left, presents a certificate of appreciation to Chalmer Reed for his service during World War II.
FREDERICKTOWN — Chalmer L. Reed was honored Friday evening at his home for his military service during WWII. Jerry Mann and Larry Andrejewski, volunteers of Hospice of Knox County, took time out of their schedules to visit with Reed and his family, then presented him with a lapel pin and certificate of appreciation.
Although Reed is 93, he quickly told his visitors that he was in Manduria, Italy and served in the 15th Army Air Corp., hauling bombs, ammo and airplane motors for the B-24 bombers. He also shared with them how he tracked down his brother, Galen, there. Galen was in the U.S. Navy at the time and his ship was docked close by. Reed paid an Italian local to row him out to his brother’s ship with one of the sailors he had gotten details from. They had a great reunion on board the ship and sat up all night while Chalmer entertained many of the sailors with his story telling.
Chalmer said he enjoyed the visit and recognition from the Hospice volunteers.