An Egan native who served in the Women’s Air Corps in World War II will be the co-grand marshal for the Albany, N.Y., Veteran’s Day parade Nov. 12.
Verla Duncan Wagoner, 101, was born in Egan and after graduating from high school and taking a secretarial course, she worked four years in Pierre at the state treasurer’s office. She enlisted in the U.S. Army on Dec. 10, 1943, training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, where she was assigned to a basic company for additional detailed training. She was a member of Company 13, 13th Regiment at Fort Des Moines and ended up with the rank of corporal.
She started active service on Jan. 12, 1944, and her rank was a corporal, and she worked as a clerk typist, serving 22 months at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C.
After her service, she married Morgan M. Wagoner in 1947 in Albany, N.Y., and worked doing office work at a glove factory and for 20 years, volunteered at the local VA. She and her husband, who died in 1975, had three children: Arthur, Eileen and Janet. She also has four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
She has nieces and a nephew in Moody County, including Bonnie Hemmer of Colman, Jim DeLay of Egan, Jane DeLay of Egan, Deon Jensen of Trent and Gary Duncan of Flandreau. Her nieces and nephews are working on getting a quilt of valor to honor her. Jensen and Duncan’s sister, Vickie Peschon of Hutchinson, Minn., is sewing the quilt of valor to give to their aunt, a project she does for veterans in her area.