Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Friends and Neighbors:

Walt Wann Sr., Kimball County WWII veteran

One of his first jobs as an adult paid him $5 each week and the second job was even better. He was saving for a 1936 Chevrolet with a rumble seat, but he never saved quite enough.

"I carried home $47 a week, that was a lot of money," he said. "I was looking for an excuse to go somewhere and I knew I would end up being drafted anyway."

Instead, in 1943, Walt Wann volunteered for the United States Navy in Elbert County, Colorado. He attended basic training in Idaho and eventually landed in the repair unit.

"We had to apply for jobs, you know, so me and another guy got one in the beer hall," he s...

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