By Larry Nelson
Veterans History Project 

Veterans History Project: Harold D. "Spike" Steele


Harold Steele

Harold "Spike" Steele was a subject of the draft. He was on the farm in Banner County, minding his own business when the "greetings" letter arrived. Soon, he would be headed to Fort Logan, Colo., for a physical and beyond that, who knew? Draftees didn't have a lot of say in their immediate futures.

After passing the physical exam and other tests, he and some new friends boarded a train for Fort Riley, Kan. V.E. Day had been declared. However, the draft was still alive and people were needed. The four-day train trip to Kansas was mostly a crowded affair and when they got there, they were rew...

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