Lawmakers welcome Battle of the Bulge veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale W. Zorn and Rep. Bronna Kahle on Thursday welcomed Michigan’s last two remaining survivors of the Battle of the Bulge to the Capitol, including Frank Dick of Lenawee County.

“In less than nine months, Frank Dick went from graduating from high school to being entrenched in one of the most famous battles of World War II,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Frank has led a remarkable life and has continued to build upon his service and leadership as a civilian. Next week, he will travel to Belgium and Luxembourg as part of an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. It is an honor to have him here to show our appreciation for his service.”

After his high school graduation, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army and began basic training on June 6, 1944.

By mid-December, he was oversees serving as a replacement in Gen. Patton’s Third Army, 80th Division, 317th Infantry Regiment, Company I — famously known as the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys. His involvement in the division made him a participant in the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front.

On Feb. 19, 1945, Dick was injured by incoming mortar fire, suffering a 100% disability. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge, among others.

“Those who have served our great nation deserve our respect and recognition for their sacrifices,” said Kahle, R-Adrian. “Frank’s incredible desire to serve is acknowledged through his time as a soldier in World War II and as he continued to give back to those around him after returning home. It was an honor to have the opportunity to recognize Frank at the Capitol and thank him for his service on behalf of the state of Michigan.”

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Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Zorn’s website at: www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Photowire.

Photo caption: Sen. Dale W. Zorn, R-Ida, and Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian, welcome Frank Dick (center left) of Lenawee County to the Michigan Capitol. Dick is one of Michigan’s last two remaining survivors of the Battle of the Bulge. Victor Cross (center right) of Genesee County is the other remaining survivor and was the guest of Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, and Rep. Sheryl Kennedy, D-Davison.