Preserving history on Veterans Day

BRAINERD, M.N. - Good Samaritan Society - Woodland welcomed six sailors from Fort Snelling who came to hear the stories, or history if you will, of one of Minnesota's oldest living naval pilots.

Surrounded by friends, family and fellow veterans, United States Navy retired “full” Lt. Ron Hobson talked with a few of the sailors about joining the Navy in 1943 and spending more than 18 years flying Corsairs and F9-Fs in the Navy Reserves.

Talking about the different training missions he went on over the years, Hobson said that flying was not always fun and games.

“I had some close calls, brings to mind a few things,” Hobson said. “Almost crashed a couple of times.”

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