Legendary Locals of Decatur

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A working-class city of 75,000 people on the banks of the Sangamon River and its largest lake, Decatur has a reputation for outstanding individuals with a strong community spirit and an unashamed sense of patriotism. To borrow a phrase from Adm. Chester Nimitz, in Decatur, uncommon dedication is a common virtue. Harold Miller fought at Iwo Jima with a Marine tank battalion, before serving 32 years on the Decatur Police Department. Wayne and Leslie Kent, ministers at First Christian Church, risked their freedom to bring music and encouragement to oppressed believers in the Soviet Union and Poland. George Halas, a Navy veteran, was player-coach for the Decatur Staleys football team (later the Chicago Bears), a charter franchise in the professional association that would become the NFL. Bob Fallstrom, a World War II soldier before working as a newspaper reporter and editor in Decatur for more than 65 years, has promoted numerous community causes. Legendary Locals of Decatur pays tribute to those who have made this community truly unique.
ISBN: 9781467101691
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 159
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Huey Freeman, a reporter at the Decatur Herald & Review, has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. He is married to Kate Freeman, with four grown children.
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