Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021
News Every Day |

North Dakota World War II veteran celebrates 104th birthday

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States and Lynn Frazier was governor of North Dakota when Ray Curtis of Minot was born.

Earlier this week the World War II veteran celebrated his 104th birthday at The Wellington in Minot.

Since his birth soon to be 104 years ago, there have been 19 U.S. presidents and 22 N.D. governors.

Originally from Columbus, Curtis was born Feb. 11, 1917, at the Portal hospital.

“I imagine it was the doctor’s house but they called it a hospital,” he said.

He moved with his family to Minot in 1927 and attended the first Lincoln Elementary School (the second Lincoln School was demolished after the 2011 flood). He then attended junior high and senior high at Minot High School, now MHS Central Campus, graduating in 1935.

“It was all one building – junior high and high school,” he said.

After high school graduation, he farmed with his dad and brother until enlisting in the U.S. Army in January 1941, the Minot Daily News reported.

“They started the draft in December so I thought I’d go in. I volunteered for one year,” he said. For his first two months in the military he worked as a clerk-typist in Minot.

He had only a month left before discharge when Pearl Harbor was attacked and the Army changed his plans. Curtis and his then girlfriend Ellen, originally from Columbus, married in Reno, Nevada. He was sent from San Francisco to Texas and his wife went to Minot to stay with his parents until he was discharged from the service in December 1945.

“I served in the states most of the time,” Curtis said, adding, “I was in the states about four years and in Germany about 10 months.”

After his discharge from the Army, he farmed the family farm at Columbus. He and Ellen raised five daughters: twins Judy...

Read also

(Photo) Liverpool defender debuts surprising new look in training

Max Keiser: What if bitcoin is not the bubble, but the pin?

How old is Chloe Ferry and what’s her net worth?

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here
News Every Day