With the passing of Howard Boomer, Almont lost its last homegrown veteran of World War II.

Howard landed on the beaches of Normandy, France a couple of days after D-Day. In September 1944, he was wounded and lay on the battlefield for over six hours before medics found him. After recovering from his wounds, he returned to service through the end of the fighting in Europe. Once the fighting ceased, he was assigned to transport German soldiers home. He left Europe at the end of January 1946 and arrived in New York on February 1st. On three occasions, Howard was recommended by his commanding officer to receive a Bronze Star. To earn a Bronze Star requires a soldier to perform an action that shows bravery and courage.

He came back to Almont and went back to work. It seemed for his entire life, Howard never stopped working. Growing up I would always see him driving his Twin Pines dairy truck, six days a week.

Howard and Betty married in 1947 and they had four children.

Howard was the last of his generation from Almont who fought in World War II. We have his children, their spouses, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in our thought and prayers.

—Cindie and Jim Wade Sr.,