I first heard about Joe Foss in the early 1940s. After my brother, Martin M. Thomas, finished his infantry training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., he was shipped to the South Pacific.
As a 17-year-old rifleman, he and other Marines stormed the beach at Guadalcanal on my mother's 41st birthday, Aug. 7, 1942.
When we found this out (after the fact, of course), my mother was naturally extremely worried about her son (as well as two other sons in the Navy, also in the Pacific). She was able to rest somewhat easier after reading of Marine Corps fighter pilot Joe Foss' exploits.
Joe Foss has always been a hero in our house.
Herb Bartholomew, Payson