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October 31, 2012

Cass County Roosters to honor the Purple Heart

Cass County Roosters to host 5th annual “Salute to the Armed Forces” gala

LOGANSPORT — World War II Veteran Bob Powell received two purple hearts while he was in the infantry.

Powell, a retired Logansport Police Department officer, received his first purple heart in 1944 when he was 19, and his second in 1945. He said he was 18 when he was shot but turned 19 while he was in the hospital for three months.

Powell was in Europe on Omaha Beach five days after D-Day. He was shot through his arm and went out his chest. 

“If I didn’t turn when I did, the bullet would have gone through my heart,” Powell said. “I know how lucky I am.” 

The Cass County Roosters are hosting its fifth annual “Salute to the Armed Forces” Gala in honor of those who received the military order of the purple heart during their service, like Powell. The event will have food, drinks and a band, Tuxedo Junction, followed by a silent auction. 

The doors to this event open at 5 p.m. Saturday but the program starts at 7 p.m. and will be at Angie’s Cakes and Catering. 

George Franklin, a member of the Cass County Roosters, said money raised in the past has been donated for various projects, including scholarships honoring Shawn Hensel and Kenneth McAninch. Money raised has varied from $20,000 to $43,000, Franklin said. 

This year, the Roosters plan to use proceeds to re-establish a Heroes Among Us program, where veterans are taken to Washington D.C. for a Veteran’s Day celebration. They also plan to use funds to create a park honoring veterans and create a limestone statue honoring each branch of the military. 

Franklin said he expects 300 to 350 people to attend and he urged those who haven’t been before to attend. 

“I can’t begin to put into words what it means to me and the roosters,” Franklin said. “It is perhaps one of the most moving things I have been involved with.” 

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