Honoring a World War II Veteran: Lt., Junior Grade Lars Wanggaard
(Photo: Lars Wanggaard - Navy (left), George Wanggaard - Air Force B-17 Pilot (center) and Herluf Wanggaard- Army (my dad - right))
I would like to honor my uncle Lars Wanggaard, Jr. on the anniversary of his heroism during World War II. It is important we don’t forget how important our past is to our future and the sacrifices so many make to provide us a blanket of personal freedoms. We should never forget what his generation of men and women did to preserve peace for future generations.
Lieutenant, Junior Grade Lars Wanggaard, Jr. received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroic conduct as his ship’s boat officer aboard the U.S.S. Laffey. On September 15, 1942, the U.S.S. WASP, a Navy aircraft carrier, was torpedoed while in the Coral Sea. Lt. Wanggaard brought his boat close to the burning carrier innumerable times to rescue exhausted survivors. He swam to the assistance of many who were in a weakened condition and brought them to safety.
I am proud of my Uncle Lars and all of the brave men and women who have served in the past, those that continue to serve, and those who will serve in the future. Thank you.