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Spring Dinner – 2010

Courage Before Every Danger
Follow the men of the 31st Bombardment Squadron as they fight their way through the Pacific in World War II and experience their wide range of emotions from hilarity to boredom, from pride to utter despair.

The speaker will be Joanne Emerick of Hoxie, Kansas.  She grew up on a farm near Ness City.  Her avid interest in the 31st developed because her father was a medical corpsman with the Squadron during World War II.

Ms. Emerick’s book, Courage Before Every Danger, will soon be published.  This book begins in 1938 with the Squadron’s transfer from the Mainland to Hawaii and follows them through the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the ensuing four years as it played a vital role in the United States campaign in the Pacific.  The book is a culmination of 17 years of research and contains personal interviews, letters, diaries and excerpts from the official Squadron records.

Follow this link to find out more about the 31st Bombardment Squadron:

Rib Eye Steak
Baked Potato
Garlic Bread
Iced Tea & Coffee

The dinner will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Forst Center (500 W. Carthage, W. Hwy. 54) in Meade.  St. John’s Catholic Church Men will prepare and serve the meal.  Tickets are:  $15.00/each (meals may be shared for young children).

This event is sponsored by the Meade Library Foundation and the Meade Friends of the Library.

Scenes from the Evening

Rev. Susan Greene – The Master of Ceremonies for the evening.


Left Side-Front to Back: Joanne Emerick, Ron Ryckman, Sid and Betty Jackson; Right Side-Dawnon Beaver, Susan Greene, Mary Ryckman, Nelda Carlyle

Linda Hogan and her daughters


Chris & Tam Raynor and Nelda Carlyle go through the serving line


The Catholic Men’s Group served a wonderful steak dinner. (Facing the camera are: Pat Schlichting, Lenita Fast, Mary and Alfred Friesen, Abe Isaac)



Our speaker, Joanne Emerick


Beulah Ratzlaff is assisted by Vance S. in the prize drawings.

Marshela Adolfson presents a prize to Dave Easterday.

Steve Salyer and his son, Tyler, enjoy the evening


Gene Ely and Joanne Emerick

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