I don't have much military information and only a couple of military pictures for Harold and Steve, so hopefully a family member will contact me and work with me so we can use their information in the Manning Veterans' history book...
Thanks - Dave Kusel


Harold William Ruhde


Harold - from the Ohrt/Petersen collection


Harold Ruhde March 5, 1944

In 2002, I found a box of Veteran pictures in the VFW hall so I scanned them. Unfortunately blue pen ink was spilled from a bottle sometime in the past and splattered on several of the pictures. You can see the ink on the upper right of this picture of Harold and some splotches on other parts of the picture. Fortunately none of the pictures were completely ruined or any ink on the men's faces...but this shows how easy our pictures and history get damaged and/or lost and thrown away.


Digitally repaired

Harold Ruhde was drafted into the U.S. Army at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa on October 30, 1942.
Enlistment November 14, 1942
Discharge November 30, 1945
In 1943, Harold wrote home: "This is the hottest place in the world in Iran."
Harold served as a truck driver in the China, India, and Burma Campaigns during World War II.
TEC5 Ruhde was honorably discharged November 30, 1945, at Camp Grant, Illinois.

Manning Monitor article------ 1943

County Boys Safe In Iran
Six Carroll County boys who have been together since they left for the army last November have arrived safely overseas and are somewhere in Iran.
They are Cpl. Lewis Schmitz, Arcadia; Cpl. Edward Sturm, Maple River; Pfc. Harold Ruhde, Manning; Pfc. Otto J. Bluml, Halbur; Pfc. Alfred Hart, Coon Rapids, and Sgt. Vernon Knute, Glidden.

The boys say that, "all of us had I known each other before going into the army, so we consider ourselves very lucky to be together."
All are in good health and all hope to return to Carroll county some day and meet all their friends.


Pfc. Harold Ruhde In Iran Pfc.
Harold Ruhde writes: "Enjoy reading the Manning Monitor very much. It's about 2 months old when I get it, but just like a new one here to me.
This is the hottest place in the world in Iran.



Steven Ruhde
Steve entered the Army in June of 1966 in North Carolina.
SP4 Ruhde was discharged July 1968.