Honoring Fort Loramie heroes


Bill Busse, seated, and Matt Zimmerman greet one another during the assembly. Both are Korean War veterans who were in attendance for the day.

Bill Busse, seated, and Matt Zimmerman greet one another during the assembly. Both are Korean War veterans who were in attendance for the day.


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American Legion Post 355 provided the Color Guard for the day’s program. From left to right, Bob Barhorst, Roger Bertke, Ken Meyer and Jim Eilerman gather in the cafeteria for a breakfast provided by the school’s National Honor Society.


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As biographies were read of the eight servicemen from Fort Loramie who died while serving the country during a time of war were read, a rose was placed and a candle was lit at a table of remembrance during the assembly.


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Ellen Frilling lites a candle in honor of her great-uncle Jerome R. Frilling who was killed in the Vietnam War. She is a junior and a member of the Old School History Club which planned and executed the day’s program.


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FORT LORAMIE — The annual Veterans Day program at Fort Loramie High School was held on Friday, Nov. 11. The day began with breakfast being served to the veterans and their guests that was offered by the school’s National Honor Society.

During the assembly there was a feature on eight Fort Loramie veterans who were killed while in the service during war time. These eight men who paid the ultimate price while serving their country are:

• Grover Cleveland Cox – World War I – U.S. Army

• Louis Henry Daniel – World War I – U.S. Navy

• Corporal Herbert J. Aselage – World War II – U.S. Army

• Private Linus Francis Broering – World War II – U.S. Air Force

• Staff Sergeant Edward John Gaier – World War II – Air Corps of U.S. Army

• Ensign Harry F. Raterman – World War II – Air Corps of U.S. Navy

• Private Ralph J. Rieger – World War II – U.S. Army

• Private Jerome Raymond Frilling – Vietnam – U.S. Army

The program also featured a message from the student body that was done by junior Ella Boerger and a song performed by senior Thomas Birkmeyer. Members of the Old School History Club contributed readings for the day and adviser of that student organization Brad Turner performed as the emcee for the event. The American Legion Post 355 Color Guard also assisted in the day’s festivities.

Eighty-one area veterans were in attendance for the program ranging in age from 20 to 94. The youngest was Amber Bonner who is currently serving in the Marines and the oldest was Vernon Eilerman who is a veteran of the Korean War and is 94 years old. Eilerman was one of nine Korean War veterans who were in attendance.

Bill Busse, seated, and Matt Zimmerman greet one another during the assembly. Both are Korean War veterans who were in attendance for the day.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_FortLoramie2.jpgBill Busse, seated, and Matt Zimmerman greet one another during the assembly. Both are Korean War veterans who were in attendance for the day. Courtesy photo

American Legion Post 355 provided the Color Guard for the day’s program. From left to right, Bob Barhorst, Roger Bertke, Ken Meyer and Jim Eilerman gather in the cafeteria for a breakfast provided by the school’s National Honor Society.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_fortloramie4.jpgAmerican Legion Post 355 provided the Color Guard for the day’s program. From left to right, Bob Barhorst, Roger Bertke, Ken Meyer and Jim Eilerman gather in the cafeteria for a breakfast provided by the school’s National Honor Society. Courtesy photo

As biographies were read of the eight servicemen from Fort Loramie who died while serving the country during a time of war were read, a rose was placed and a candle was lit at a table of remembrance during the assembly.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_FortLoramie.jpgAs biographies were read of the eight servicemen from Fort Loramie who died while serving the country during a time of war were read, a rose was placed and a candle was lit at a table of remembrance during the assembly. Courtesy photo

Ellen Frilling lites a candle in honor of her great-uncle Jerome R. Frilling who was killed in the Vietnam War. She is a junior and a member of the Old School History Club which planned and executed the day’s program.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_FortLoramie3.jpgEllen Frilling lites a candle in honor of her great-uncle Jerome R. Frilling who was killed in the Vietnam War. She is a junior and a member of the Old School History Club which planned and executed the day’s program. Courtesy photo