Memorial Day, A Day to remember the men and women who gave their life for their country.

Marine Private First Class Delmar Walter Westerman

Delmar Westerman

(July 10, 1924 – February 22, 1945)

Killed in Action at Iwo Jima

3rd Battalion 28th Marines 5th Division

Hawaii National Cemetery

Hawaii National Cemetery

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Iwo Jima

In Memory of Marine Private First Class Delmar Walter Westerman, Chancellor, Turner County, South Dakota, July 10, 1924 – February 22, 1945; Killed in Action on Iwo Jima. Delmar Walter Westerman was born on July 10, 1924. He was the oldest child of Otto and Emma Westerman. He attended rural school in Turner County and graduated from Chancellor High School in 1942. Through the years after Delmar’s death, Otto and Emma, now deceased, often related stories about their son Delmar. His sister Dolores also has frequently told family members many anecdotes of growing up with her brother. It seems that everyone had a nickname, and Delmar’s was Westy. He was a very good athlete, playing on the high school football and basketball teams, and he also became involved in the Golden Gloves boxing program. Scrapbooks kept during his high school years reveal that Westy was an aggressive player. They also indicate that he was fun loving and, as his picture indicates, his good looks made him popular with the girls. Following high school, Delmar began farming with his father. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 2, 1943, and was sent to San Diego for his boot training. He served with the 3rd Battalion 28th Marines 5th Division. Private Westerman was sent overseas in October of 1944 where his battalion spent several months training on board the ship. In his last letter to his parents, dated February 10, 1945, he stated that he was at sea and expected to be in combat soon. Private Westerman’s first field of combat was at Iwo Jima, where Marine Private First Class Delmar Walter Westerman was wounded on February 21, 1945, while in action fighting for Mount Suribachi. He was immediately evacuated to a hospital ship where he died on February 22. He was given a military burial at sea. A memorial marker is in place in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota. A bronze marker has also been placed on the family lot in the Lennox Cemetery, Lennox, SD. Private Westerman’s name is also etched at Punch Bowl Crater, Honolulu, Hawaii. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Purple Heart, all posthumously. Delmar Walter Westerman was a great Marine, who died fighting for his country. He will always be remembered as a brave man who sacrificed his life for the United States. This entry was respectfully submitted by Lane Mellegaard, 11th Grade, Parker High School, Parker, South Dakota, April 30, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Darrel and Karen Westerman. Darrel is Delmar’s youngest brother, who was five when Delmar gave his life for his country.

Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD

Black Hills National Cemetery

 

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Delmar Westerman was a First Cousin I never knew. He died years before my birth. The above is a collection of information I found on the web, most NOT written by me. When I was young I paid my respects at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD with my parents and my Aunt & Uncle; Otto and Emma. Private Westerman’s first field of combat was at Iwo Jima. Marine Private First Class Delmar Walter Westerman was wounded on February 21, 1945, while in action fighting for Mount Suribachi. He was immediately evacuated to a Naval Hospital Ship where he died on February 22. He was given a Military Burial at sea. He died one day before the flag raising at Iwo Jima. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Purple Heart, all posthumously. Delmar Walter Westerman was a great Marine, who died fighting for his country. He will always be remembered as a brave man who sacrificed his life for the United States.

 

Shopping Around the World

Welcome, my friends to another edition of Shopping Around the World recipes! This month we are opening the floor for you.  You can post ANYTHING (desserts, appetizers, snacks, entrees) that you want…

My recipe is a PassAlong recipe from my Mother. It’s called “Rhubarb Delight.”

Rhubarb Delight

Crust
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup butter

Combine to make a crumbly mixture. Press into 9×9 inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Topping
1 & 1/4 cups sugar
3 egg yolks, beaten
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1/3 cups cream
2 Tablespoons flour

Make topping by combining sugar with beaten egg yolks; blend in cream and flour.
Stir in rhubarb. Pour mixture into saucepan and cook, stirring constantly with a large spoon until thickened. Cool. Pour over baked the crust.

Meringue
4 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar

Make meringue by beating egg whites stiff. Beat in sugar To make stiff peaked. Spread on top of dessert. Broil until tips of peaks brown. Watch carefully.
Serves 8

 

We grow our own rhubarb, and I don’t know what the ingredients cost.
Sorry, no photo because I don’t know how to insert them on this Blog.
Now I’m off to bake my Rhubarb. . .

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Intermission (12) – Veterans of Tuskegee

Charles McGee was an accomplished World War II fighter pilot and Army Captain, was one of the most decorated pilots in the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first all-black aviation unit. Their record …

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Black And White And Blurry All Over

Nothing is black and white.

Behind the White Coat

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There it was. The second pink line.

Pregnant.

My heart sank.

I stood outside the exam room and took a deep breath. She was thirteen.

She knew as soon as she saw my face when I entered after knocking softly. She started sobbing uncontrollably. Her mother sat in the corner and looked sea sick. She was holding onto the edge of her chair for dear life, knuckles white, waiting for the world to turn upside down and topple her over.

“You are pregnant.”

Her mother dissolved into angry shouts about her whore of a daughter.

Not an auspicious beginning at all. Babies should be greeted with joy and love and excitement. My heart hurt.

“I know it seems unfair for me to ask, but have you thought about what you want to do with this pregnancy?”

Her mother spoke up before the patient could, her voice charged with bitterness. “She…

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The Island of All Together

Every summer many European tourists travel to the Greek island Lesvos for a sunny holiday. This year thousands of refugees crossed the sea from Turkey and arrived on the island as well, looking fo…

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A Second Hand Fairy Tail

Yesterday was Fairy Tail Day at Piglove. As usual I didn’t have my Fairy Tail ready to post. I just couldn’t think of the right story.  Then today Hubby wanted to watch the movie “Second Hand Lion!” It’s a great family movie. We had seen it years ago and occasionally rewatch it. So. . .

“Once upon a time in early 2008, our son was working with methane wells. One well he opened was a tragic sight. A litter of kittens had been left there. This was very sad, but a little miracle survived. Our son thought it was a bobcat.   ~^..^~   There are many bobcats around here on ranches. So he called his Mom & Dad because he thought we would know how to help. He put this little thing in a five gallon bucket with a lid and punched in air holes. The squealing little thing was scared to death. Hubby got out his welding gloves and we prepared to meet this little survivor. It wasn’t long before son #2 was at our home. Hubby took off the lid and to our surprise it was a tiny grey kitten; A beautiful little grey kitten. We fell in love with her that minute. Because we had just seen the movie we mentioned above, we named her Jasmine, the “Second Chance Lion.”

As you can see in the photos she is a beautiful feline and will always love her Daddy the most because he saved her from the scary bucket and the “Hell of the Well.”

A couple months later Jasmine also brought us to the Animal Shelter in a roundabout way. She was at the Vets getting spayed. Before we picked her up we stopped at the Shelter to get a discount certificate for her surgery. While there we were drawn to the dogs in the shelter up for adoption. That’s when we met the cutest little dog.  We then  filled out the paperwork for adoption. After we were checked out by the shelter we went into town again and brought home a one year puppy named Sammy. Jasmine and Sammy are Not easy to capture on film. ❣

“Jasmine is living Happily Ever after with Bear and Sammy and Mommy & Daddy!” ❤️