Many community members have served our country in the armed forces,
and we are proud to give back to them with care and support.
Meet a few of them here:
United States Navy
Wallace Pelnar of Algoma served in the Navy 1951-55 and was stationed in the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. His strongest memories are centered around people showing loyalty to their country. When asked what being an American means to him, Mr. Pelnar states, “Being the best.”
Thank you for your years of service to our nation!
H. HENRY CARSTENS
United States Navy
Henry Carstens graduated from Hartford High School (Hartford, WI) in 1945, and served in the United States Navy during 1945-1946. Stationed in the Pacific during that time, his strongest memory is of a 50 degree temperature drop over just 4 hours while at Midway Island.
After his time in the service, he went on to UW Platteville and UW Stout for his education degree, then taught for 34 years. He moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1984 to retire.
To Mr. Carstens, being an American means having the freedom to disagree with our government’s direction.
Thank you for your dedication to our country!
LTJG Winkler, United States Navy
The son of German immigrants, Joseph graduated from the Naval Academy in 1962, then went to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. He was stationed on a ship that was the Combat Information Center, the hub of all information from all the ships. In looking back, his fondest memories of his military career are of his time in Annapolis.
Through the years, Mr. Winkler and his wife raised 4 children who gave them 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild! After serving our country, Joseph worked for Jim Beam, where he retired as Executive Vice President in 1998. With his retirement, he moved to Door County.
When asked what being an American means to him, Joseph stated, "It's the best country in the world to live in."
Thank you for serving this great nation!