Honoring a soldier’s dying wish

Seventy-six-year-old veteran Marshall Biesen’s wife Jackie and his caregiver called upon members of AMVETS Post 98 in West Plains for a special favor: They asked the veteran’s organization to fulfill a request of Biesen’s and install a flag pole at his West Plains home. According to his caregiver, Biesen was in the final hours of his life Wednesday as veteran Nathan Huddleston, far left, and AMVETS Third Commander Vice Allen Clarke worked to install the flagpole. Other AMVETS members came to formally raise and present the flag, finishing with a salute. Biesen, married to Jackie for 26 years and a former employee of Leonardo/DRS, was diagnosed with Wegener’s disease about 10 years ago; he had always meant to install the flag pole but his deteriorating health rapidly prevented that. Biesen served in the Marine Corps from 1961 to 1967 and is a Vietnam veteran and a former member of AMVETS. When invited to share her thoughts, Jackie said of her husband, “He was a great man and many people loved him.” 

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