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WWI Veteran Honored

William DietzmanIn 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."

Enlisting 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 years.

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.

Dietzman 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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