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Snell receives military medal

Published: Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 1:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 1:52 p.m. CDT
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(OST photo by HILARY FERRAND)
Pictured is Korean War veteran and lifelong Osceola resident Robert Snell.

Robert Snell was recognized for his service during the Korean War with a medal presented Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Osceola Senior Center.

“Bob served during the toughest part of the Korean War, ’51 through ’53,” said friend, Dick Gunderson.

Snell was only 18 when he went to war.

“I’d just got out of high school,” said Snell. “Next day, I got the letter in the mail that I was drafted.”

What were his plans before that?

“I don’t know now,” laughed Snell. “I went right to the service and did my basic training. I ended up with the flu, put me in the hospital awhile. Got out of there, and they sent me right to Korea — thank you.”

In the war, Snell worked with heavy artillery.

“Big guns,” he said. “I hauled a lot of ammunition.”

Once back home, Snell opened a produce station on the Four Corners named Farmer’s Produce.

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