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Lynn W. Aas of Minot, a ...
Lynn W. Aas of Minot, a decorated veteran of World War II, will be the guest of Sen.
"It is an honor to have Lynn Aas
as my guest at the State of the Union," Hoeven
has long been a pillar of the Minot community, my home town, and I am looking forward to attending the State of the Union Address with him in Washington next week."
, who fought as a rifleman in the historic Battle of the Bulge, served with the 17th Airborne Division of the 193rd Airborne Infantry in the European Theatre and received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Aas returned to North Dakota following the war, earned his law degree from the University of North Dakota and served in the North Dakota Legislature for four sessions.
In March, Aas will be the official representative of the 17th Airborne Division at the 70th annual reenactment of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.
Lynn W. Aas of Minot has ...
Lynn W. Aas of Minot has the honor of being the official representative of the 17th Airborne Division at the 70th annual reenactment of the Battle of the Bulge in the town of Bastogne, Belgium, early next year.
The historic World War II battle, known as one of the costliest battles American forces faced during the war, began Dec. 16, 1944.
It was a key turning point in World War II and Hitler's last offensive movement in the war.
The battle raged for three weeks, resulting in a massive loss of American and civilian life.
and sons Dave of Minot, Dan of Eden Prairie, Minn., Joe and Joe's wife, Nancy Morris, of Fargo will be accompanying him to Belgium
of Minot wears his
military field jacket, which had a tear in it on the left upper arm from a bullet when he
was wounded March 25, 1945.
will be attending 70th anniversary events for the Battle
of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, in March.
Pvt. 1st Class Lynn Aas is shown here in 1944 shortly before he
was in the Battle
of the Bulge.
While in Bastogne March 22-26, Aas and family members will attend several commemoration ceremonies and other activities.
received an invitation to the event from the Belgium Reenactors
late wife, Beverly, and their sons attended 17th Airborne Division Association
meetings in the United States where the Belgian Reenactors and other reenactors were present.
In 1999, Aas
, accompanied by his
family, made his
first trip back to specific war sites since he
left there in 1945.
, who turned 93 in June, is originally from Benedict.
entered the U.S. Army
on March 22, 1943, and fought in the European Theatre with the 17th Airborne Division of the 193rd Airborne Infantry.
separated from the service Nov. 1, 1945.
Aas had been a student at the University of North Dakota before he enlisted in the military.
After the war he earned a bachelor's and also a law degree at UND.
Moving to Minot in 1960, he was a medical group administrator.
He was a member of the North Dakota Legislature for four sessions: 1967, 1969, 1987 and 1989.
first combat experience in the Battle
of the Bulge, beginning Dec. 26, 1944.
was a rifleman in Company D, 193rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division.
wrote an account of his
participation in the Battle
of the Bulge, originally published in The Minot Daily News Dec. 11, 1994, for the 50th anniversary of the battle.
Seventy years ago, Lynn Aas, of ...
Seventy years ago, Lynn Aas, of Minot, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, one of the costliest battles American forces faced during World War II.
Last month, Aas, 93, was the official representative of the 17th Airborne Division for the 70th annual reenactment of the Dead Man's Ridge Walk, an event commemorating the sacrifices of the 17th Airborne Division in the fighting around the area of Bastogne in southeast Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge.
was invited to the event by the Belgium Reenactors
While on the nearly two-week trip, Aas
said one of the significant events for him was a visit to the area near Wesel, Germany, where his
Operation Varsity Waco Glider landed on March 24, 1945.
Wesel is about a 2 1/2-hour drive north of Bastogne.
and family members are shown in front of "Landing Zone S" where Lynn's glider landed on March 24, 1945, outside Wesel, Germany, shown in this photo provided by Dave Aas.
From the left are Dave, Dan, Lynn
and Joe Aas and Joe's wife, Nancy Morris.
, center, participates in the dedication of a new marker for the 17th Airborne Division in the Houmont, Belgium, public square March 21.
gave the school a gift of a North Dakota license plate "LUVND."
and Tidball shared a foxhole the night before they took off for the initial battle for the Dead Man's Ridge.
"I could point out where my foxhole was and I could point where I was wounded," said Aas
was wounded March 25, 1945, and still has the jacket he
was wearing that day.
military field jacket has a tear on the left upper arm from a bullet when he
said people were surprised he
still had the jacket.
In that area, Aas
met a woman who was a 7-year-old girl when the U.S. gliders made their landing there.
home had been used as a first-aid center for the wounded.
said the woman was very stoic at first, apparently remembering when her
home had been taken over as a field hospital.
But when Aas
reached over and gave her a kiss on the cheek, saying, "We're friends," and another U.S. veteran John Shoemaker of Coon Rapids, Iowa, did the same, "It brought down a roar from all the people and we had to do it over two, three or four times.
started giggling," Aas
was accompanied to Europe by three of his sons, Dave, of Minot, Dan, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Joe and his wife, Nancy Morris, of Fargo.
Alumni Review Sept '01
By Lynn W. Aas, '48, '49
...Lynn Aas was a student at the University of North Dakota when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.He enlisted and served as an infantry rifleman with the 17th Airborne Division in Europe. Aas
, along with his
wife, Beverly, and their four sons visited World War II sites in 1999.The trip was sponsored by the 17th Airborne Division Association
.It was Aas'
first trip back to the specific war sites since his
departure in 1945.
returned to UND
after the war.He earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 and a law degree in 1949, both from UND.
After living in Minneapolis and Fargo, Aas
moved to Minot, N.D., in 1960 and entered a career as a medical group administrator.He
raised a family and became a community leader.He served as a member of the North Dakota legislature for four sessions: 1965, 1967, 1985 and 1987.His
four sons all attended UND
and three are UND graduates.For his
military service, Aas
was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.He
lives in Minot and at Otter Tail Lake, Minn.