Martin County Veterans Memorial www.mcvm.org
BRANCH OF SERVICE: Army
YEARS OF SERVICE: 1945-1946
SHOEN, RONALD M
BIOGRAPHY: Truman farm boy Ron Shoen wanted to do his part for the war effort in 1944, so he volunteered for the U.S. Army at the age of 19. After his military training stateside, Shoen was put on a troop transport ship for the Philippines and the Pacific War Theatre. " we were 10 days out, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, when the war ended. " He said they continued on to their destination and he spent a year in the Philippines working in ordnance and military vehicle repair. "I was putting my time in until they shipped us all back to the states" he said. He recalls being "put on leave" until he received his discharge papers. Shoen headed back home and back to farming once the war ended. "The Army didn't bother me for the Korean or Vietnam wars", he joked. He has long since retired from farming and continues to live in Truman, Minnesota. He served in the 3469th Ordinance unit. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Independence Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. Ronald passedaway in 2017 and is buried at Ridgelawn Cemetary.