John K. Bob flag and medals return to Swinomish


December 27, 2017

PUTTING FLAG TO REST ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY – Military veterans from within and without the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community joined John K. Bob’s family and tribal members in a Dec 7 ceremony that retired Bob’s war medals and the 48-star flag that had draped his coffin after his death near the end of World War II in 1944.     – Photo by Robin Carneen

World War II veteran John K. Bob was honored by his Swinomish tribe with a retirement ceremony for a special American flag and his war medals at a dedication at the Swinomish Social services building Dec. 7. Veterans from all over the region were asked to participate at the request of John K. Bob’s family. This ceremony marked the seventieth anniversary of Bob’s return home and paid tribute of this fallen WWII war hero and was attended by over 200 people.

Bob enlisted in 1942 while still a senior at La Conner High School. Though, unfortunately he did not make it home, he, like others, h...

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