Post 7564 Memorial
West Fargo VFW Post 7564In memory of those who servedAll gave someSome Gave All"
This was planned as a secondary stop in Cass County if anything went wrong with the primary at Fargo. Road Construction made it difficult to properly photograph the memorial bridge there, so this park became the primary. Any avid reader of this site knows and understands that I really don't play well with others when the memorial area is considered the playground and local malcontent's lounge. I was dismayed to see an adult skateboarder sitting on one of the benches as I approached. We warily watched each other during my entire visit and never once even exchanged a "Hi, how are ya?"
I get it, the pavement and concrete are attractive riding surfaces if there is nothing else in the area. And the gleaming, sharp and angular edges of the monuments can make any boarded escape into Walter Mitty day dreams of gold medals and bitchin' babes. But, would you consider skateboarding on your grandparents graves? If you answered yes there isn't much I can say or do to make you understand what an arrogant ass you really are. If you had to think about the answer for a moment then you likely realize this is an area of honor, respect and remembrance. The board stays in your hands and you don't even attempt to slide across the inviting concrete surfaces.
IF, however, you are the arrogant ass that I believe you may be ... be on notice that I WILL dial 911 to report a public nuisance and suggest hat armed response is reasonable. Want a good reason for this? Here are just a few . . . .
PFC Robert Aas, US Army, 385th Infantry 76th Infantry Division. He was just two months beyond his 19th birthday. KIA 8 March 1945, probably in Germany, specific details were not found.
1st Lt Hallard Abertson, US Army, is listed as a gold star casualty. All I was able to find was his service number, not even the date of his death.
PFC Leonard Ahlschwere, US Army, served with the 105th Infantry, 27th Infantry Division and was KIA 12 July 1944. He is buried at the National Cemetery in Honolulu. Thirty-eight men of the 105th died on Saipan Island that day, three days after an official declaration that the island was "secure."
SSg Harold L. Alderman, US Army, served with 314th Infantry, 79th Division. KIA 26 March 1945.
SSgt Robert W Arhart, US Army, was flying with the 85th Bomb Squadrion 47th Bomb Group aboard a Douglas A-20 "Havoc" medium bomber (s/n 43-22097) on 29 June 1944. The mission was to bomb Onbrone, Italy. Arhart was the top turret gunner. After mission eyewitness reports described that the aircraft took a direct anti-aircraft hit and fell from formation with no survivors.
Arhart was 26 years old and left a widow at home. He was the third of five brothers; the younger two being twins, Russell and Wendell. 1944 Had been a very difficult year for the family. Robert Arhart had been killed in June and his father had passed away in early December. A memorial service for Robert had been scheduled for March 30, 1945, As widow(s) Arhart prepared to depart for the service a telegram from the War Department arrived... PFC Wendell Arhart, US Army, had been killed in action on 15 March while serving with the 60th Infantry, 9th Division, near Remagen. .
Tec5 Irving Arvidson, US Army, DNB 5 June 1943. Buried in Tunis, Tunisia. He came from the 7th Replacement Depot. He is also honored on a memorial at Hennepin, Minnesota.
Pvt Eugene C Beaton, USMC, KIA 3 Jun 1945 while serving with the 5th Marines of the 1st Marine Division.
There are dozens more of the fallen listed here. About 2,400 sons and daughters of Cass County that have served are enumerated here. Most of them never even owned a skateboard. They stood when their nation asked for help. They suffered many indignities at recruit training and followed that with months and sometimes years of work under difficult conditions. They couldn't resign. Could't take a vacation whenever they wanted. They got out of bed when they were told and didn't return to it until their jobs were completed. And sometimes there wasn't a bed - only a foxhole or possibly a bamboo mat in a prisoner of war camp. How did they manage to handle all of that without knowing how to slide along a pipe or get the longest "hang time" ?
I don't know who you were kid, but get off that damn cell phone and find a skate park - that's one of the freedoms everybody on these lists fought for.
Okay... I'm ready to go to the next monument. Where is my map?