Letters to the Editor — September 16, 2010

Local man was a WWII Congressional Medal of Honor recipient

Dear Editor,

I enjoyed your issue that dealt with Rockord residents passed and present. I wondered why no mention was made of John Sjorgren.

John was a WWII veteran who received a battlefield commission and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

This is the highest honor a U.S. citizen can receive. John was a mild, quiet individual who never mentioned honors. He was born and raised in Rockford and went to school there. He played high school sports and after the war he pitched for the Wolverine fast pitch team there in Rockford. There is a baseball field there in back of the old high school named after him. He was one of a kind and deserves mention.

 Dr. Robert Byram, D.V.M.

 Dr. Byram lives in Florida now, but still receives the Squire each week. Residents may remember him as founder of the Rockford Animal Hospital.

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