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‘A true American hero: World War II veteran Lynn Aas dies

Submitted Photo Sen. John Hoeven, right, makes a presentation to World War II veteran Lynn Aas during Aas’ 100th birthday party on June 5 at The Depot in Minot. Aas died on Thursday.

Decorated World War II veteran Lynn Aas of Minot died on Thursday. He had celebrated his 100th birthday this summer.

A former Minot businessman and former North Dakota legislator, Aas was well known in Minot and statewide.

“Lynn was a truly remarkable individual, a member of the Greatest Generation who fought with valor in defense of our nation in WWII and went on to shape the Minot community through decades of service and leadership,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. “Mikey and I were privileged to know him. We will honor his memory and keep his family and loved ones in our prayers.”

Hoeven hosted Aas in Washington, D.C., as his guest for the 2015 State of the Union Address. He also joined Aas, along with family and friends, to celebrate Aas’ 100th birthday in Minot and presented him with a copy of the statement that Hoeven entered into the Congressional Record in honor of Aas’ service and many contributions to his nation, state and community.

During World War II Aas was in the Battle of the Bulge, serving with the 17th Airborne Division of the 193rd Airborne Infantry in the European Theatre. After the war he returned to North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota, graduating with a degree in law. A Minot businessman, his career included serving in the North Dakota Legislature for four years.

In October 2017, Aas was presented France’s highest honor, the French Legion of Honor Medal awarded by the president of France. Guillaume LaCroix, Consul General of France in Chicago, came to Minot to make the presentation to Aas.

“You are a true American hero,” said Lacroix at the presentation ceremony.

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