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Chatfield resident recalls the last battle of the Vietnam War


Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Clark Wiger thought he had put his time in the military behind him. He’d served as a hospital corpsman third class in the Navy from 1971 through 1975, enlisting at the age of 17. After he got out of the Navy, he returned home to Minnesota and moved on with his life. But, in 2003, he was at breakfast with his kids when he happened to see an article in the Des Moines Register about the Mayaguez Incident.

“I was there for that!” he exclaimed.

The Mayaguez Incident was the last battle of the Vietnam War and took place May 15, 1975. The Khmer Rouge regime had seized the American cargo ship Mayaguez while it sailed through Cambodian waters and was holding it on the Cambodian island of Koh Tang. President Gerald Ford ordered a rescue operation of the civilian crew. The entire crew was saved alive and the mission was declared a success and hailed as a “victory at sea!” in the May 1975 edition of Newsweek. Unfortunately, due to poor planning, underestimation of enemy forces on the island, and a lack of communication, 41 members of the U.S. military lost their lives in the assault.

Twenty-three Marines were killed in a helicopter crash in Thailand while training for the mission and another 18 lost their lives during the battle. Three Marines were abandoned alive on the island after the crew of the Mayaguez was rescued, and U.S. forces pulled out. They were later captured and killed. “We never knew about that,” Wiger recalled. “No one did until 30 years later.”

In 1975, Wiger was stationed on the USS Henry B. Wilson, a guided missile destroyer. The ship was involved in Operation Eagle Pull, which was an evacuation of U.S. citizens from Cambodia. Later, the crew assisted in the evacuation of Vietnam. The USS Wilson was the last U.S. warship to be fired on by a hostile shore battery and also the last to leave Vietnamese territorial waters.

On May 12, 1975, while en route to the Philippines, the USS Wilson was called to take part in the rescue of the Mayaguez crew. As they were 1,000 miles away at the time, they did not arrive until 7 a.m. on May 15, after the battle had begun. By the time they got there, three helicopters had already been shot down. The crew of the Wilson, including Wiger, pulled 13 Marines from the water. They spent the day treating the injured.

“The whole operation was a mess,” Wiger said. “It was planned too quickly and wasn’t executed w .....
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Jerome “O.J.” Manahan

By David Bau

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Jerome “O.J.” Manahan, 61, of Chatfield, passed away at Chosen Valley Care Center on Saturday May 14, 2016. Jerome was born December 1, 1954 in Rochester to Maurice and Theresa (Kuisle) Manahan. Jerome graduated from Chosen Valley High Sch ..... 
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Possible restrictions on use of city parking lots

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the May 9 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, possible restrictions for the use of city parking lots were discussed. City Clerk Joel Young noted that the issue came up late last fall about the use of the lots by private individuals selling ..... 
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Steven “Skeeter” Janet

Fri, May 13th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Steven “Skeeter” Janet, 50, of Chatfield, passed away May 11, 2016 at his home in Chatfield. Skeeter was born July 10, 1965 in Rochester to Floyd and Marvena (Prilipp) Janet. He attended schools in Chatfield and graduated from Chosen Valley ..... 
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Louis Robert Ward

Fri, May 13th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Louis Robert Ward, 90, of Chatfield, passed away May 9, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Louis was born January 27, 1926 in Rochester to William Patrick and Caroline (Williams) Ward. One of eight children, Louis gr ..... 
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HPC 2016 Preservation Award given to Steve Harmon

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Each year since 2009 during Preservation Month (May), the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission honors an individual, property owner or project with its Preservation Award. The purpose of the award is to raise the visibility of the city preser ..... 
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Third annual cancer benefit in Chatfield

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, made a request at the Chatfield City Council’s April 25 meeting to close a portion of Second St. for the third annual Kick Cancer benefit. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. The request to close Second St. from ..... 
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College news

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Education

Fall 2015 Dean’s List Jillian Oakley of Chatfield, University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Corrin Lee of Spring Valley, University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Fall 2015 President’s List Clay Olson of Preston, Mitchell Technical Institute, M ..... 
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Ries Auto of Chatfield drives in customers

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

A fresh and different vehicle purchasing option is available to area residents with the opening of Ries Auto Stores, LLC location in Chatfield, Minn., in November of 2015. Owner Dave Ries of Rochester, Minn. states things have been going great si ..... 
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