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Continued: Brainerd family's hunt for portrait of WWII gunner ends happily

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 26, 2014 - 6:34 AM

“He appreciated it, but he never really made anybody feel like they shouldn’t have a portrait, too,” she said. “He didn’t brag about the painting. There was many people in Brainerd who didn’t know about the painting. They didn’t know about him being shot up, either.”

When the National World War II Memorial opened to the public in 2004, Schellin told the Brainerd Dispatch that it was important to speak truthfully about the horrors of war, but that he didn’t feel the need to single-handedly educate people about World War II.

“History is pretty much there if you want to listen,” he said at the time.


Mark Brunswick • 612-673-4434


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