The Community Center Loses a Hero
Just a few days ago we lost one of our regulars who had been a WWII Veteran, Manuel Saetes at 99 years young.
"Manny" was a regular attendee at the Center for years, and one of the most beloved at that. Born 11/17/23, he passed on 2/12/22.
Manny had served during WWII on the 359th Engineers Company F. They laid fuel pipeline for heavy artillery and vehicles during the war. He came to Omaha Beach on D-Day + 3 and they laid pipe from Omaha Beach to Cherbourg Normandy France. The vast accomplishment was dubbed "Operation Pluto". This operation allowed the Allies to march on German strongholds and eventually put down the powerful German army.
Manuel was married to Lois (who had passed before him) and they had 4 children. He is survived by 3 children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and even 2 great great grandchildren.
Below is a photo of a framed brief portfolio put together by his daughter Karen. Manny was quite a guy, and will be missed by all here at the Center.
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