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Dale Laverne Edlund

Staff WriterJune 5, 2017

Dale, 84 years young, surrounded by family and friends, lost a tough battle with cancer Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Born Jan. 30, 1933 in Edgerton, Minnesota, to Henry and Esther (Wilhelmson) Edlund. One of five children, brothers Harry and Leroy, and sisters Mary Lou and lone.

Dale attended school in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Dale attended Bob Wright Flight School in Williston, North Dakota, where he did his solo flight in a J-3 Cub in 1950 at the age of 17. Then Dale joined the Air Force and was known to his fellow squad members as “Shorty.” He served in the Korean War as a Jet Mechanic on F-86 Sabres for the 7th Fighter Bomber Squad, Screamin’ Demons/as” Fighter Bomber Wing. K-2 Taegu, Korea, 1952-1953. He was in Korea during the signing of the cease fire and the Mig Defect. Dale attended Northrop Aeronautical Institute 1960-1963.

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