Next week, the nation will be observing the anniversary of one of its worst events: Pearl Harbor.

In keeping with that, “Neighbors” pulls out a story about two buddies who, like thousands of men and women, were deeply affected by the war that followed.

The story was published in 2013 in the Kenmare, N.D., News. It was written by Rebecca Foster, the News’ correspondent in Berthold, N.D. It was sent to “Neighbors” by Serena Jiskra, Fargo.

Here is that story:



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Orin Larson was born Nov. 3, 1922, and Myron Bjelverud was born Feb. 28, 1923. They spent their teen years as neighbors and friends.

They were baptized and confirmed in the Elm River Lutheran Church of Galesburg, N.D. They graduated from Galesburg High School.

After graduation, the two young men enrolled at the State School of Science at Wahpeton, N.D.

World War II was looming on the horizon. Because much of the war talk was about air warfare, Orin and Myron decided to major in aircraft mechanics.

On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, they were together when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

After leaving Science School, both men enlisted in the United States Navy. They attended naval boot camp at Farragut, Ida.

After finishing boot camp, Orin and Myron were sent to the naval aircraft school at Norman, Okla. Following their schooling, they were sent to the West Coast for assignment.

Once the war was over, they returned to Galesburg and joined the American Legion S.B. Aasen Post 210 of Galesburg. They became lifetime members of the Legion. Orin’s wife Jeanette and Myron’s wife Beverly are both members of the Legion Post 210 Auxiliary

Over time, Orin and Myron went their separate ways. Orin worked for the Burlington Northern Railway as a depot agent. Myron became a grain buyer; the last 25 years of his career, he managed the Berthold Farmers Elevator.

Myron and Beverly’s children graduated from Berthold school.

Upon retirement, Orin and Jeanette made their home in Mayville, N.D. Myron and Beverly retired to Galesburg.

Unknown to either party, at the age of 90, both Orin and Myron and their wives decided to seek an assisted living home. As luck would have it, they found the same one: Edgewood Vista, in Fargo.

Jeanette passed away in 2013.



That’s the way the 2013 story ended; the story of two longtime friends who served the country during World War II.

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