XENIA — Leo Hurm was born in Kentucky, rather than work on his father’s farm, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941. His first assignment was to dig a fox hole deep enough for him to lie in. He was glad he had dug it deeply enough when a tank purposely rolled over him causing no injury. For some time he was stationed in New Guinea where he was responsible for laying pipeline to the airfield. He remembered having a short visit with President Truman who was visiting the troops. After the war, he moved to Xenia where he spent the remainder of his life.
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