Albert A. Van Bergen lost a leg to a German sniper in the battle for the Argonne Forest in World War I, one of the biggest and bloodiest battl…
Rachel Blood is a summer reporting intern. She likes writing about big differences in small towns, buying too many young adult novels and showing pictures of her dogs to anyone who does or does not want to see them.
Familiar signs plaster the windows of businesses and services all over Scott and Carver counties: Help Wanted. Now Hiring. Apply Here.
Bob Van Bergen is elated to have the memento of his grandfather’s sacrifice returned.
The Purple Heart medal next to a photograph of Albert A. Van Bergen, who earned the prestigious award for his bravery in the the Argonne Fores…
The tattered, but intact, Purple Heart medal of Albert A. Van Bergen is now at home with its rightful owner.