Retired Albion businessman Mort Grosch received the annual Living Veteran Award during Veterans Day ceremonies at the Boone Central High School Performance Gym Monday morning, Nov. 11.
An American Flag will be flown in his honor through Memorial Day at the Albion downtown mini-park.
Mort has been active in Manderson Lehr Post 162, American Legion, in Albion for many years.
He was born Dec. 4, 1945 and attended Silver Creek High School, where he graduated in 1964. In December, 1965, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Fort Holabird, MD, and Fort Bragg, LA.
As a Vietnam era veteran, he served in the Army Intelligence School for Recon Imagery, and was honorably discharged in September, 1967. Mort and his wife, Mary, were married in 1968 at Silver Creek. They lived in O’Neill for two years and in Albion for the past 49 years, where he was manager of Grosch Irrigation for many years.
The Grosch’s have four children and 14 grandchildren.
As a member of the American Legion, Mort has served on the Veterans Club board as both chairman and a member, donating to many projects. He is also a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Albion and the Nebraska Well Driller’s Association.
His hobbies include playing golf, entertaining his grandchildren and other activities.