Born October 1, 1918, Harry F. Goldammer is pictured in 1958 while serving as commander of the American Legion Post 5 in Jefferson City. As a requirement of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, Goldammer registered for the military draft on October 16, 1940. At the time of his registration, he was employed at Exchange National Bank in Jefferson City.
Military records indicate he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on November 22, 1941 and went on to serve as a storekeeper at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, which had been constructed in response to the growing threat of attack by Imperial Japan.
In the years following his discharge, Goldammer returned to Exchange National Bank and became very involved with the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, serving a term as president of the Missouri District of the Lutheran Laymen's League. The WWII veteran was also a frequent award winner for speeches given as a member of his local Toastmaster's Club. Goldammer passed away on September 13, 2009.
Jeremy P. Amick is a military historian and author dedicated to preserving our nation's military legacies.