Post 518 July Veteran of the Month – Army Sergeant Roman Huettl
- Sergeant Roman Huettl served as an electrician in the 389th Signal Air Warning Unit in the Western Pacific.
- Flag ceremony Saturday, July 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
- West end of Wheeler Park, North Mankato
NORTH MANKATO, MINN. — The North Mankato American Legion Post 518 will conduct a Flag ceremony 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the west end of Wheeler Park, North Mankato in honor of Army Sergeant Roman Huettl. The Flag will fly in his honor from July 4, 2015 to Saturday, August 1, 2015. Post 518 will retire the colors for Army Private First Class (PFC) Galen Christianson on that same day.
Roman Huettl was born on July 22, 1916 to George and Josephine Huettl in Mankato, Minnesota. He attended school at St. Peter and Paul’s and Loyola High School. On September 22, 1941 Roman was married to Mary V. Johnson in Mankato, Minnesota. They made their home in North Mankato, Minnesota and Roman made his living as an electrician for Archer Daniels. He loved to hunt and fish with his family and best friends. He also did some traveling after retirement with his wife and his brother-in-law. He was always helping with odd jobs for his friends. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Roman Huettl began service to his country by enlisting in the US Army Air Corps on October 28, 1942. He served as an electrician in the 389th Signal Air Warning Unit in the Western Pacific. Roman achieved the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the: Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Theater Service Medal, 2 Overseas Service Bars and Lapel Button.
Sgt Roman Huettl passed away on December 17, 1999 in Mankato, Minnesota. He is survived by his: Wife- Mary Huettl and Sons – John, Claire and Bill.
Sgt Roman Huettl is buried in Calvary cemetery in Mankato, Minnesota.
Do you or someone you know have a family member that you would like honored as “Veteran of the Month”?
At 1000 hours on the first Saturday of every month, members of the North Mankato American Legion Post 518 gather to pay a month long tribute to a deceased Veteran. The brief, but moving ceremony takes place at the west end of Wheeler Park in North Mankato, MN.
At the request of the family, a veteran’s coffin flag is raised & flown for one month. A short tribute of the veteran is read and then placed in a display stand in front of the flagpole.
At the next month’s ceremony, the flag is lowered, folded and presented back to the family. The new honoree’s coffin flag will then be received from the new family, unfolded and raised for the next month.
The Veteran does not need to have been a member of any service club or to have lived in our area – Only the requirements listed above.
(NOTE: The coffin flag is removed after the ceremony and replaced by an all weather flag, to ensure that no damage is done to the coffin flag. The coffin flag is raised prior to the next ceremony. If the family does not want to use the coffin flag, we will have a flag available to present for the ceremony.)