Nolan to honor vets

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan will be visiting the Hoyt Lakes VFW Post 8144 on Saturday.

To mark the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which propelled the United States into World War II, Nolan will make a presentation honoring Arleigh Birk, who was a 21-year-old Boatswain’s Mate First Class aboard the USS Honolulu on Dec. 7, 1941.

After Pearl Harbor, Birk was reassigned to the USS Denver, where he remained in the Pacific Theatre until his discharge in February 1946.

Birk and Marion, his wife of 67 years, still live in their family home in Hoyt Lakes.

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