We were soldiers once, family always

To the Editor:

Recently, Franny Stangl from Pierz was diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer.

Franny belonged to Company F, 747th Maintenance Battalion at Camp Ripley, which was a close-knit National Guard unit and one of the top maintenance units in the state. Soldiers were trained at Camp Ripley repairing everything from typewriters to tanks. Franny was one of our top-notch soldiers and our wrecker operator. Franny had gone through the main gates of Camp Ripley for well over 30 years before his retirement from our military a few years back.

Franny’s family and friends are putting on a benefit fundraiser for him at the Pierz Ballroom this coming Saturday, Feb. 4, from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. A sloppy Joe supper will be served, along with a silent and live auction during that time. Donations can be made to the Francis Stangl Fund at Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Pierz.

I encourage personnel from our old unit, Company F, to come on out to show our encouragement and support to Franny and his family. Everyone is welcome. There won’t be any “formation.”

We were soldiers once and family always. — Tony Wenzel, SFC (Ret.), Randall