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7 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Serving Starts at 5:00 P.M. VFW Hall ~ Everyone Welcome Special Financing for Farm Equipment - Not for Titled Vehicles - Loans to finance or refinance purchases - $5,000 Minimum Loan Amount - 20% Down Payment - Monthly, Quartedy orAnnual Payments Available - Normal credit and underwriting requirements apply - Current Financial Statement needed - Additional supporting financial information may be required. - Low Doc Fee of $25 First Fidelity Bank Rates i:: iii~!ii:~ii:ii~ ii % "6-7 Years fixed available for new equipment purchases only Additional terms and conditions may apply. First Fidelity Bank reserves all wights to cancel Or change rates and terms at any lime and without notice. Rates are effective as of January 1, 2016. Contact your local First Fidelity Bank Branch Equal Opportunity Lender GREGORY REAL ESTATE LISTINGS LISTED Could you use aAt age building? S , 'fase This 20' x 30'\ ~,~140~.Z~ could hold 3 cars or a lot of items. ~Lo~Aan"West 8th St. in Gregory. Lots on Main Street in Gregory, SD: Two (2) full lots (1(30' x 140'.) Nice level lots located on north Main StreeL 720 Felton Avenue in Gregory, SD, NEW LOW PRICE, $189,000: Owners want to sell this home. 1830 sq. ft. on the main floor. 1300 sq. ft. on lower level. This is a very nice home and ready to move into with many extras. Located on a large comer lot with 4 garage stalls and a lawn sprinkler system. 906 Main Street in Gregory, SD: Very nice3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bath bas 1620 sq. ft. for the main floor. Also has 16x30 basement and a 10x12 shed in back yard. The floor plan is open. One bath has a tub. The 2 car attached garage is finished. Must see to appreciate. WE CURRENTLY HAVE BUYERS FOR HOUSES & LAND! thinking of selling, please contact us, By: Roger Wiltz The Greatest Predatory Animal of Them All The Vietnam Era was not the best of times. Our country was di- vided, men were fleeing to Canada to avoid the draft, and protest or civil disobedience lay all around us. At Parkston High School, where I taught and coached, the music stu- dents marched out of Ron Hilgen- berg's band room to "protest" the music he had assigned. Ron was one of the very best band instructors I've ever worked beside. The girls, wearing short skirts that barely cov- ered their butts, told me I couldn't walk up the school's stairway be- hind them. I think those skirts, along with pot and long hair, were part of the rebelliousness. Many people don't realize that in 1954, Senator John F. Kennedy was on a committee that made him well aware that communism could not be stopped in French Indochina, more popularly known today as Vietnam. I believe that had Presi- dent John F. Kennedy survived, we would not have been involved in a war in Vietnam. Senator Kennedy had counseled President Eisenhow- er to stay out of it, and Kennedy was assassinated for this reason. The powers that be wanted that war, and money was the motivation. I was newly married at the time, and we had started a family. Had I been drafted, I would have gone willingly though reluctantly. Even- tually I learned that I had been de- ferred because of my teacher status. Today I regret never having served in the military, but I also realize that I was lucky in that Vietnam vets were treated with a lack of respect after the war by many thoughtless Americans. Early on the war had cost me a friend. Joe Thorne, a teammate on SDSU's football team, had been commissioned a 2nd lieutenant upon graduation through the R.O.T.C. program. I believe that Joe, a star fullback, had been drafted by Green Bay, but duty called first. The last time I saw Joe, a Beresford native, he told me that he was bored, and that he had volunteered for helicop- ter duty. It cost him his life. The media called Joe "reckless." I guess they were right. We were not close, but Joe knew where to find a hunt- ing partner when he needed one. So why today's background material on Vietnam? It was mo- tivated by a story in the 2016 Sep- tember/October issue of Sporting Classics magazine. "The Strange Death of Sgt. Phleger" was written by Ken Kirkeby. Because the northern border or DMZ was open country, the North ars Bring ar Traveling Invitational Members of the Cougar Cross Country Boys Team are pictured above holding the Traveling Trophy which they were presented after winning the Cougar Invitational. Pictured above from left to right are: Keith Hoffman, Washake Vaughn, Tyson Mayer, Kray Person and Jesse Williams. Thursday, September 29th and finished the Cougars 14 point was a beautiful day on the Burke tally. A Class B team consists of 5 Golf Course. The weather cooper- runners. The top 3 are scorers, and ated, the course looks wonderful, the next two are pushers respon- and many athletes and fans dotted sible for passing the competition the course. The Cougar boys (14) and adding points to the opponents took top team honors followed by score. Keith Hoffman (21:53) and the Winner boys (22) in the sec- Jesse Williams (21:57) served this ond place slot. The girls' team title role for the Cougars by both claim- went to the Winner girls (10) with ing personal records at the Cougar Wagner (20) finishing second. Five Invite. Cougars earned personal records on A big thank you to the Burke their home course. Thanks to many, Golf Course for not only a beauti- another successful Cougar XC In- ful course, but for their loyal sup- vite is in the books, port of the meet. We appreciate all Lacey Person (22:03) earned they do! Erik Person spends hours both a 13th place medal and a prepping the course and cleaning up personal record. Jolene Vaughn after, making the meet very easy for (23:57) ran an excellent race just the Coach. It takes a village, many missing the 15th medal with an 18th thanks to the many people who gave place finish. Following Lacey and their time to make the Cougar Invite Jolene into the chute were: Shawn- a big success. Finally, all the local tel Sharpfish (25:12), Sally Hakin fans made the Cougar distance run- (25:45), and Sierra Liewer (26:51). ners feel special and recognized for Shawntel and Sierra are also proud their hard work. owners of new personal records on Monday, October 3rd, is the their home course. SESD Conference meet in Winner. Kray Person (16:57) earned All that remains after the confer- his fifth win of the season. Tyson ence meet is Region 3B (10-12) and Mayer (18:53) 6th and Washake State XC (10-22). Vaughn (18:59) 8th both medaled Vietnamese Army preferred a travel as his in-country term of duty was corridor that ran south through Laos about to expire. Phleger refused as and Cambodia. It was known as the he felt his men needed him, and his Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the NVA superiors reluctantly gave in to his could move in relative safety before request. Kirkeby, the author, noted entering South Vietnam. One par- that Phleger's devotion to duty was ticular corridor, the A Shau Valley, typical of Marines. became a staging area for thousands Sgt. Phleger stretched his team of NVA troops. In order to counter out along a ridge at five yard inter- them, our Marines engaged small vals, placing himself at the far end reconnaissance teams to report en- of the line. Sometime after dark emy activity. In this particular area, the team members heard a rushing animal life including deer, wild movement in the dense jungle ac- pigs, apes, and Bengal tigers was companied by the muffled screams abundant, of Sgt. Phleger. Had the sergeant In April of 1970, Sergeant Rob- been discovered and killed by an ert C. Phleger had returned to Viet- NVA soldier? As the Marine de- nam after an R&R in Hawaii where tachment was deep in enemy terri- he married his high school sweet- tory, the men could not call out his heart. Phleger's Force Recon team name or reveal their position with a was ordered to do a five-day recon- flashlight. naissance mission in the A Shau, but Phleger was ordered no*. to go Continued o~ ~ag~ !0