Arthur "Finny" Leroy Edminster

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  • Name: Arthur "Finny" Leroy Edminster
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  • Date of Birth: April 3, 1919
  • Date of Death: July 10, 2002 (83 years old)
  • Parents: George Franklin Edminster and Helen Marie (Radinske) Edminster
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  • Highest Rank: MSGT (Master Sergeant)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Date Sworn In: 1944
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  • Military Awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Air Medal
    Air Force Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
    American Campaign Medal
    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
    World War II Victory Medal
    Vietnam Service Medal.

  • Military Highlights:
    In his prestigious twenty-four year career, he served the country as a pilot, navigator and bombardier in World War II. He flew more than twenty-five missions over enemy territory. Arthur traveled to many countries including Korea, the Philippines, South America, Europe, Greenland and Vietnam, as well as many bases in the United States.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Vietnam Era

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  • Civilian Life:
    Arthur attended school in Wirt, Minnesota until the eleventh grade. He worked at area logging camps and at the paper plant in International Falls, Minnesota prior to entering the United States Air Force.

    Upon retirement from military service, he built his family home in Wirt, Minnesota.

    Arthur was preceded in death by brothers, Jerry, Victor and Edwin; and a sister, Esther Edminster.

    He is survived by his former wife, Emily (Edminster) Latvala; his wife, Mary Helen; two daughters, Dianna Sainio and Marlene Miller; three brothers, Roy, Daniel, and Allen; and four grandchildren.

    Arthur died in Wirt, Minnesota and is buried in the Wirt Cemetery at Wirt, Minnesota.

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