By Melissa Spielbauer Combs
Veryl Duwe was a resident of rural Osterdock. He and his twin brother, Vernon, were born in Guttenberg on March 13, 1918, to Chris and Elizabeth (Schoper) Duwe. They were baptized May 20, 1918, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, and attended Guttenberg High School.
Veryl served with Squadron 233 of the Army Air Corps during World War II. Veryl was a First Lieutenant and as a pilot flew missions over various places, including Germany. He flew a B-24 Liberator, an American heavy bomber.
Veryl was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Valor. He died at his home near Osterdock on July 13, 1994. At that time he was survived by his twin brother, Vernon and family of Weeping Water, Neb., and cousins. It is possible that Vernon is still alive. He would be age 95. Vernon also was in the service. Veryl is buried beside his parents in the Guttenberg City Cemetery.
This past summer Elmer Radabaugh of Osterdock, a friend of Veryl’s, was willing to give me copies of his flight diary. There seems to be just a few who have saved important pieces of this history to share with others, some of whom might take freedom for granted. I am glad that Elmer shared it with me and The Press readers.
As the nation marks the anniversary of Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor at this time of year, it is important that Veryl Duwe is remembered.