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Almer inducted into Holland Club

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 8:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 8:53 p.m. CDT
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John Almer of Morris was recently inducted into the Holland Club.

MORRIS – Grundy County Board member and Morris resident John Almer was recently inducted into the Holland Club.

The Holland Club recognizes the service of U.S. Navy submarine sailors who qualified on submarines 50 years ago. In the Navy, Almer was a first Interior Communications Electrician First Class. He served on three nuclear submarines during his tour of duty.

A Morris VFW member, Almer is married to Barbara and is retired from Exelon.

He is a member of the U.S.S. Chicago base, a group of ex-submarine sailors that meet once a month in Tinley Park for lunch and to swap sea stories. Base members are involved in numerous community activities.

They serve as guides on the U-505, a captured World War II German submarine, at the Museum of Science and Industry. They also volunteer at local veterans’ hospitals and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, as well as participate in social activities.

Any submariner that has earned the right to wear the coveted dolphins, or if you just have an avid interest in submarines, is invited to check out the group. It meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Tinley Park VFW on Oak Park Avenue.

Sailors are treated to a free lunch on their first visit. For information, email Captain Don at djschlegs@aol.com or call 708 479-5778.

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