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By Drew Lawson
The Times 

Historical spot to honor Mann's ultimate sacrifice


Last updated 9/8/2020 at 11:05am

REARDAN – A historical marker is being erected to honor a Reardan man who gave his life for others during WWII. The event to honor Joe Mann is set for Sept. 18 at 2pm at the Mann family ranch on Tramm Road.

Joe Mann lived in Reardan scaling church steeples and overcoming broken collar bones in football games because he didn’t want to sub out before graduating from the high school in 1941.

He died making the ultimate sacrifice in World War II, jumping on a grenade at age 22 to protect his companions from a German attack in 1944.

He posthumously received the highest war decoration, the M...

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