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October 30, 2013

World War II Veteran Goes On One Last Goose Hunt

By Phil Bourjaily

When World War II veteran Herman Ratelle, 90, of Edina, Minnesota, returned to the Twin Cities from an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. he and the other veterans were greeted by a crowd holding banners thanking them for their service. Ratelle took it all in, then got ready to go hunting. He had asked his son Stephen to take him on one last goose hunt and they left immediately after they got back from Washington.

Stephen arranged the hunt in northwest Minnesota  and, as this report from WDAY.com shows, they had a great day together in the field and shot some geese despite the bluebird weather.

Herman Ratelle enlisted in 1943 and fought along the Rhine, through France and into Germany as a member of the 14th Armored Division. He lost a leg when his Sherman tank was hit on February 1, 1945. After recuperating for a year in the hospital, Ratelle attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a J.D. in 1949. He practiced law for 50 years in the Twin Cities. On the Honor Flight Ratelle carried a picture of his brother Alex with him.  Alex, who died in 2002, flew 52 missions as a B-17 navigator until he too was wounded in 1945.

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from gator fan 2017 wrote 25 weeks 1 day ago

Thank You Herman Ratelle for you and your brothers service. Glad you got to go on one last hunt.

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from OMuilleoir wrote 25 weeks 1 day ago

Great story. Great man. Greatest generation.

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from OMuilleoir wrote 25 weeks 1 day ago

Great story. Great man. Greatest generation.

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from Dangle wrote 25 weeks 19 hours ago

Good story, but the ol ear drums come to mind when guys shoot that close together in a blind. Never heard that talked about before, but a very good set of ear plugs would seem to be in order...no hunks of cotton should qualify. I'm sure the hearing specialist would have some devastating numbers to present.

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from labrador12 wrote 25 weeks 16 hours ago

Those WWII guys, who I grew up hunting with, wouldn't put up with the crap we're getting handed these days. We shouldn't be putting up with it either. Shovel ready, gun control crap.

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from CoastieJim82 wrote 24 weeks 5 days ago

Very good story. Nice to have men like that to have served our Country. And a great memory for a father and son.

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from Dangle wrote 24 weeks 2 days ago

No one knows the direction of a noise blast? Being directly to the side, I do believe, has a much bigger impact on ones eardrums than say being behind.

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from gator fan 2017 wrote 25 weeks 1 day ago

Thank You Herman Ratelle for you and your brothers service. Glad you got to go on one last hunt.

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from OMuilleoir wrote 25 weeks 1 day ago

Great story. Great man. Greatest generation.

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from OMuilleoir wrote 25 weeks 1 day ago

Great story. Great man. Greatest generation.

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from labrador12 wrote 25 weeks 16 hours ago

Those WWII guys, who I grew up hunting with, wouldn't put up with the crap we're getting handed these days. We shouldn't be putting up with it either. Shovel ready, gun control crap.

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from CoastieJim82 wrote 24 weeks 5 days ago

Very good story. Nice to have men like that to have served our Country. And a great memory for a father and son.

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from Dangle wrote 24 weeks 2 days ago

No one knows the direction of a noise blast? Being directly to the side, I do believe, has a much bigger impact on ones eardrums than say being behind.

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from Dangle wrote 25 weeks 19 hours ago

Good story, but the ol ear drums come to mind when guys shoot that close together in a blind. Never heard that talked about before, but a very good set of ear plugs would seem to be in order...no hunks of cotton should qualify. I'm sure the hearing specialist would have some devastating numbers to present.

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