Allamakee co. Military
The Peters Brothers
Five Sons Serve, Proud Of All
By Nick Lamberto
Mrs. Helen Peters and her husband, Clem, 45, have sons in the armed forces and they're "proud of every one of them."
see also: Clem's obituary and Helen's obituary
Two sonsSgt. Robert, 25, and Lance Cpl. Donald, 20, both Marinesserved 13-month tours it Viet Nam. Another son, Pfc. Thomas, 19, is now serving in Viet Nam.
L-R: Sgt Robert Peters, Lance Cpl Donald Peters & Pfc Thomas Peters
see also: Thomas' obituary
Pvt. Richard Peters, 24, joined the Marines in March and will be at a base in Del Mar, Calif., for mechanics school after home leave. The Peters' eldest son, S-Sgt. Kenneth, 26, served two years in the Marines, then joined the Air Force in 1962. He saw service in Alaska and is now an instructor in electronics at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex.
Pvt. Richard Peters (left) and S-Sgt. Kenneth Peters (right)
see also: Richard's obituary
Two other childrenVince, 14, and Helene, 13are at home.
Peters and his wife operate a service station called "Peters and Sons" but the "sons are all in service except one," Mrs. Peters said, "so I pump gas and help run things."
Recently the Peters family received a "home-made post card written from the battlefield by son Thomas. It was written on the inside part of a portion of a cardboard combat ration pack. It arrived O.K.
Front of postcard
|Dear Mom, Dad, & all
got any letter writing gear we're still in the field.
"The boys have always written regularly," said Mrs. Peters. "If I don't hear at least once a week I start worrying. Once we went three weeks without hearing from Thomas.
"Guess he knows how important it is for us to hear from him. That's why he wrote on that piece of cardboard."
Last Sunday Thomas telephoned collect from Formosa "and we sure were glad to hear his voice," Mrs. Peters said. "If he's in Formosa he's not in the combat area."
"I was somewhat confused about everything in Viet Namit seemed like a mixed up affair," Mrs. Peters said. "Then when the boys came home and explained everything, I understood it more.
"One of themRobertput it best. He said we're fighting the Communists in Viet Nam because he doesn't want his children to be fighting them on their doorstep."
The boys were "awful mad when they heard about demonstrations back here."
"They all think we're doing a good job in Viet Nam," she said.
~Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA, 20 Jun. 1966
~contributed by Errin Wilker
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