Meet Resident Warren B., U.S. Army Veteran
October 30, 2020
At The Lodge at Greeley, we are grateful for the U.S. military veterans who have served our country. We are especially honored to have one of them, Warren Hatton B., living in our community. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we spoke with Warren about his history of service in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Born in 1926, Warren grew up in Missouri and joined the army at the early age of 17. After attending basic training at Camp Robinson in Arkansas, he went on to his first assignment: patrolling for Japanese soldiers at a camp in Luzon, Philippines.
Later, he was sent to the Radio School at Division Headquarters for training, then transferred to Headquarters Company 35th Infantry to be a radio operator. His unit was stationed 90 minutes north of Tokyo, preparing for the invasion of Japan when President Truman gave the order to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Warren’s company then traveled to Kyushu, Japan, where their assignment was to search a Japanese ammunition plant. Next, they rode by convoy to a military camp that had been a Japanese base, where they were tasked with destroying all the communications they could find.
Later, in 1946, he was on assignment pulling targets at a rifle range when he had to be hospitalized for a serious illness and underwent emergency surgery. After being sent to a hospital in the U.S. to recover, he was discharged from the army in April 1947.
Warren married his wife Betty, a military-trained nurse, after the war and had two sons and a daughter. For the next 24 years, he was a firefighter with the Denver Fire Department and spent his free time building two cabins in the mountains.
In June 2011, Warren was privileged to receive a great honor when he was chosen for the World War II Veterans’ “Honor Flight Arizona,” which flies vets to see the memorials of D.C. in recognition of their service. During the trip, Warren saw his name on the World War II Memorial, and his wife and daughter, Debby, a retired Colonel, saw theirs on the women’s section of the memorial.
Today, at The Lodge at Greeley, we continue to honor Warren’s sacrifice and commitment as a former U.S. service member, especially on Veteran’s Day, which takes place this year on Wednesday, November 11. Thank you for your service, Warren!