Marshfield honors 100-year-old veteran
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – One-hundred year old Marshfield resident Lawrence Pankratz is the last living veteran from Wisconsin’s famed 32nd Red Arrow Division and is a survivor of one of World War II’s most brutal chapters – the Battle of Buna, New Guinea.
Pankratz was honored by the city of Marshfield last week with a mayoral proclamation; and Mike Feirer, adjutant of Marshfield’s American Legion Post 54 read the special recognition for Pankratz, in thanks for his years of service to the community.
“The mayor’s proclamation reads, whereas Lawrence Pankratz recently celebrated his 100th birthday, whereas Lawrence served his country as a member of the 32nd Division Red Arrow while serving in World War II, he was at the Battle of Buna in New Guinea,” Feirer said. “Of the 124 men sent from Marshfield, he is the last surviving.”
That proclamation goes on to recognize Pankratz’s other service to the community, which includes 55 years with the American Legion Post 54 Firing Squad.
Married for 65 years to his wife Olive, Pankratz raised four children in Marshfield and remains active in the community today.