Brick Pavers Honor Vets in Albert Lea

Posted at: 11/10/2013 7:51 PM
By: Sean Boswell

"Proud, no regrets," said Warren Tuttle, a veteran speaking of his time overseas in the late 1940’s.

Tuttle's paver sits at the veteran's memorial in Albert Lea.

"The happiest day of my life is when I set foot back on American soil," said Tuttle.

Tuttle was overseas for 1 year, and said he'd do it again.

"It was a great day. It took all day to unload. There was approximately 6,000 veterans on one ship. Takes a long time to get reprocessed."

Tuttle is now confined to St. John's nursing home. He has cancer. His best buddy there is Jean Alm, whose husband has a paver at the same memorial.

"It's a big honor," said Alm

Jean was married to her husband, Lloyd, for 70 years, meeting in high school, getting married the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Lloyd was a crew chief, responsible for the airplane, as jean says.

"You just wouldn't believe all the people that are veterans and they truly are my heroes. And anything that we can do to help them and to give them the distinct thankfulness that they should have for all that they have done for our country is such a little thing," said a friend to both, Gloria Hall.