By Christiane Keilhofer
The Frankenmuth American Legion Post 150 honored Mr. Chester Geno, a WWII veteran with recognition for his military. Pictured are Post Chaplain James Miller, United States Army National Guard, Ralph Haubenstricker, Richard Kirchner, Post Commander John Warnick, and Paul DeSander. Front row, Chester Geno. The presentation took place at Independence Village, with about ten family and friends.
Chester military service began when he was drafted into the Army and after basic training, was assigned as a member of a machine gun squad with the 14th Armored Division, 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion. During the Battle of Hattan which occurred as part of Operation Norwind (the last German offensive of the war), he was assigned as a replacement driver in an M4 tank after the original driver was gravely wounded. Chester himself was already wounded, but instead of sending him to the rear line, he was assigned as a replacement driver. He survived the war and went on to work for General Motors for 37 years, was married to Marie for 71 years and had one daughter, one son and now enjoys his four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.