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14 Names to Remember | Willard Chessman

May 23, 2024

14 Names to Remember Project. Layout by Tonya Strickland. Historic graphics attributed.

Two In Tow & On The Go | Playing Nature Bingo with two new flora fans

Jul 12, 2024

back in my Instagram era, when I still kinda-sorta cared about likes, I knew exactly what type of content would be a sure-fire hit with the crowd.

One might think those fan-favorite topics guaranteed to pull reactions from people like snacks from a diaper bag would be along the lines of our “Top 10 Playgrounds” or “Kiddo Destinations worth the Drive.”

But, no.

The topic was … plants.

That’s right – plants. Lush and green or prickly and purple – it didn’t matter. Washington people LOVE their plants.

Two in Tow & On the Go | ‘Tis the season for spraygrounds

Jun 07, 2024

Spraygrounds –  the delightfully named water-fun cousin of playgrounds – are officially back on ’till Labor Day and we’re here to tell you all about them.

Two in Tow & On the Go | Connections made in our 14 Names to Remember Project

May 24, 2024

Merriam-Webster defines human connection as the state of being linked to another person or people through kinship or common interest. For me, human connection is the reason behind most of my writing.

One thing I’ve always said about my motivations for tracking down the names, dates, correct spellings, missing incident reports and the essential stories behind who these guys were is because I felt it was important to get the lives of these young men in front of people again. To put their stories, acts and sacrifices on the modern day record and not stuffed away in a printed-paper archive somewhere. And, with any luck, perhaps even attract the attention of their descendants who, in all likelihood, never found out the specifics of how their dad’s brother or their grandmother’s cousin fought and died in WWII.

14 Names to Remember | John M. Swensen

May 23, 2024

Pvt. John Swensen was born April 13, 1923 in Gig Harbor to Norwegian parents Albert and Hilma (Maurseth) Swensen. In the 1930 U.S. Census, he had four siblings: Ragna, Grette, Harold and Alfred “Alf” Swensen.

14 Names to Remember | Robert Niemann

May 23, 2024

Pfc. Robert “Bob” Henery Niemann was born Dec. 31, 1924, in Tacoma to Caroline “Biddy” (Hansen) Niemann and Herman Niemann Sr. of Vaughn.

14 Names to Remember | George Nelson

May 23, 2024

Pfc. George Victor Nelson was born June 21, 1922, in Hillhead, South Dakota, to Kerstin “Jessie” (Hanson) Nelson and Nikolai A. Nelson. In the 1930 U.S. Census, George Nelson had three siblings: Norman, Luella and Gladys Nelson. The family moved from the Midwest to Bremerton in the late 1930s; and then south to Gig Harbor in 1940.

14 Names to Remember | Herman C. Niemann

May 23, 2024

Pvt. Herman “Hap” Cecil Niemann was born Jan. 18, 1924, in Tacoma, to Caroline “Biddy” (Hansen) Niemann and Herman Niemann Sr.

14 Names to Remember | Douglas Mortensen

May 23, 2024

Douglas Warren Mortensen was born May 22, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Frances (Goulet) Mortensen and George Richard Mortensen.

14 Names to Remember | Harold Mitts

May 23, 2024

First Lt. Harold Elmer Mitts was born July 23, 1915 in Capron, Oklahoma, to Bessie B. (Roberson) Mitts and Olie E. Mitts.