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Life on a “thin skin” with Patton


Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Elden Grabau served with the famed Second Armored DivisionBy Charles PautlerMonday, May 21, 2001

One morning last February my fiancee and I decided to go to the VFW pancake breakfast in Spring Valley. This combined two of my favorite interests; eating and talking. I haven’t lived in Spring Valley for four years, so every time I go to one of these breakfasts I always make it a point to make new acquaintances. One new friend I met that day was Elden Grabau, who came over to our table to make us feel welcome and keep our coffee hot. As he walked over to the table, I nudged Mary and whispered, "I bet that guy was at the Bulge". She is so used to this by now that I think she said something like, "maybe he was, but don’t ask him too many questions."

We talked with Elden for about half an hour, and found out that not only was he at the Battle of the Bulge, but also the invasion of North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy, as well as the months of combat which followed each invasion during World War Two. I was lucky enough to be invited over to his house and talked with him in depth the next week, and like most veterans, found him to be generous, informative, and very honest in the stories he told. I could easily fill up a book with his stories, but here are a few experiences he shared with me.


Born in Forestville, Minnesota to Adolph and Anna Grabau, Eldon was the oldest of eleven children; nine boys and two girls. He grew up in Forestville, and was inducted into the army in February, 1941.

"I was still single and 23 years old," Elden said. "I had basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and it was the first time I had been so far away from home. Of my eight living brothers, six of them were in the service, and three of us saw combat. I was in the 67th Armored Regiment of the Second Armored Division. Our nickname was ‘Hell On Wheels,’ and we were commanded by General George Patton."

Once in the army, Elden was sent to a special school where he learned how to drive and fire tanks.

"In a tank you could have four or five guys. You had a driver, assistant driver, tank commander, gun loader, and radio man. Sometimes depending on the situation we had four and the radio man and loader were the same guy. If the radio was tied in to Battalion then we had to have another radio operator, then we would use a fifth man. When I first started driving a light tank we had no intercom within the tank and used .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Recipe-Good for a terrible day.

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Recipe-Good for a terrible day.

Take a pint of ill humor
Add one or more unfortunate ingredients.
Let it cook over a good fire.
When at boiling point, add a tbsp. of temper.
Baste from time to time with sarcasm.
Cook until the ..... 
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