A century of knowledge: 100-year-old WWII Vet visits CBPA

Veterans Day was a special day for many Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy students, particularly Duncan and Wyatt Fallstrom. Their 100-year-old great-great-uncle made an encore appearance sharing his recollections of his time in the service. Glenn Soine first visited the school last year to share his story.

Glenn Soine visits with students in Mr. Wiedenam’s third grade classroom at Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy. Soine’s great-great-nephew Duncan Fallstrom is a student in the classroom. (Photos by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

Glenn Soine visits with students in Mr. Wiedenam’s third grade classroom at Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy. Soine’s great-great-nephew Duncan Fallstrom is a student in the classroom. (Photos by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

Soine’s story begins in Maynard, Minn., where he worked on his parents’ farm until he was drafted into the US Army at 31 years old. He left his home on Aug. 24, 1943 and was assigned to the newly formed 70th Infantry Division “Trailblazers.”

Soine trained at Camp Adair in Ore., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He became a truck driver in the field artillery, towing a large Howitzer, which had a range of 7 miles. He and 5,000 other soldiers left Boston, Mass. for Europe on a passenger liner on Jan. 8, 1945. After passing through the Straits of Gibraltar they unloaded at Marseilles, France. They entered combat in early February 1945 and participated in three separate campaigns. Soine said they waged artillery fire so the enemy was generally several miles away.

Soine transferred into the 3rd Division under the command of General Patton.

When the war in Europe ended in May 1945, Glenn became part of the Occupation Force in Germany. He transferred into the 39th Battalion in August 1945 and drove a Jeep with his name on it as he was the driver for the Battalion Commander.

“It was exciting,” he said recalling the post-war period with fondness. “It was summer and I got to drive for the officers traveling in a Jeep. I had a Jeep with my own name on it.”

Glenn departed Europe from Le Havre, France on another passenger ship in April 1946 and was

discharged April 23, 1946 at Camp McCoy, Wis., having achieved the rank of T5.

After the war Glenn was a carpenter and built many homes around Minneapolis.

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