recognition of his military service, the French government
honored World War I veteran Seaman William Dietzman
'22, MA'27 with the National Order of the Legion of
Honor award in a June ceremony in San Leandro, California.
Through France's "Project 1918-1998" program,
the award the highest honor that France bestows
upon its citizens and foreign nationals has been
given to all living Allied WWI veterans who served in
France "in gratitude for valor...and in recognition
of the eightieth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice
on November 11, 1918."
with the U.S. Navy at age nineteen, Dietzman served
aboard the U.S.S. Harrisburg as a member of her heavy
gun crew during several Atlantic crossings to Brest,
France. After the war, he helped to manage his father's
farm, earned two UW degrees, and completed all of the
coursework needed for a PhD. Dietzman taught in vocational
and high schools in the Milwaukee area for almost fifty
In his retirement, he and his spouse, Hazel Emmert Dietzman
'25, now deceased, traveled to more than fifty countries
around the world. His advice to the youth of today?
Follow the guidance of your parents, study hard, and
stay in school.
spends part of his year with his son Paul in San Leandro,
California, and the rest of the year with his son Howard
in Somerville, New Jersey.
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