By Randy Fogg
The Ledger Staff
INMAN – Ten American Legion Riders escorted Pleasant View Home resident Dale Kohlman and members of his family as they left Inman, Tuesday, June 21. Kohlman spent the night in Wichita prior to going on a Kansas Honor Flight Wednesday, June 22, to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C.
Pleasant View officials, with assistance from the Legion Riders, wanted to honor Kohlman’s service to his county. Kohlman served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13.5 years, including two years in Vietnam.
Daryl Ingermanson, a Road Captain from American Legion Post 24 in McPherson, said there were also riders Legion Riders from Post 192, in Canton and Post 68, in Hutchinson.
Ingermanson said the riders were involved in funeral escorts, send-offs and welcome home events.
“We do anything to honor veterans,” he said.
He noted the motorcycle riders would go with Kohlman to the city limits of Inman. He explained the U.S. flags, which are waving behind the motorcycles, cannot travel at speeds greater than 35 miles an hour.
While serving in the Marines, Kohlman said he started as a cook and later switched to a radar/radio repairman.
“I’d worked on whatever needed to be fixed,” he said.
Kohlman said he has been to Washington previously, but he was not able to see any of the war memorials.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the Vietnam Wall,” Kohlman said. “We’re going to see all the memorials.”
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