Dixon’s Local Heroes,
Franklin J. Green & Heber A. Holbrook,
Named as 2002 "Dixon Veterans of the Year"
The 40th Annual "Citizen of the Year" Dinner Dance proved to be action-packed, eventful, and as always a memorable evening.
"Since September 11th 2001 we’ve all been reminded that freedom is never free," stated Sandy Sanders, Dixon Chamber of Commerce 1st VP, as he began the presentation of the Veteran of the Year ceremony, "It costs money, it costs lives and it costs lost limbs and other wounds that never truly heal. Over the years our veterans, from all branches of service have paid that cost for us."
As Sanders introduced Franklin J. Green and Heber A. Holbrook, Dixon’s 2002 Veterans of the Year , the surprised Veterans were escorted to be honored and piped aboard by two Chief Boatswain Mates from the US Navy.
Both Franklin Green and Heber Holbrook are survivors of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii:
Although Green was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on June 25, 1920, he grew up on a farm in the Tarrington, Wyoming area. Following his graduation from High School in 1938 Green joined the United States Navy. Following his completion of boot camp in San Diego, he was stationed aboard the Battleship USS Maryland, which was berthed on Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked. Green has completed 30 years of service for our country.
A native of Utah, Holbrook, at the young age of 17 enlisted in the United States Navy. He attended boot camp and the Hospital Corpsman School in San Diego. Following his training, Holbrook was transferred to Pearl Harbor and was on duty as a Hospital Corpsman on December 7, 1941. One week later Holbrook was assigned to the USS San Francisco. Holbrook was wounded by shellfire during the November 12-13th 1942, Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal. After being hospitalized for 4 months, Holbrook went on to complete 20 years of active naval service and 10 years in the Fleet Reserves retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer, US Navy Medical Corps. His naval service awards include the Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal.
March 5, 2003
Story and photos courtesy of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce.