By Betty Vanderwielen

Vanderwielen Recalls Military Career


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Adrian Vanderwielen sitting in the F-4 Phantom, one of the planes he worked on. Though he never became a pilot, his duties as a fuel system specialist required him to check the gauges in the cockpit and rev up the engines occasionally to make sure a problem was really fixed.

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Adrian Vanderwielen said he is proud to wear a shirt or cap bearing the name or insignia of the United States Air Force. He said he feels even prouder when some stranger comes up to him and thanks him for his service. There weren't many thanks being offered when he returned from Vietnam. Despite his experiences in that war, Vanderwielen is grateful for the training and advantages his military service gave him.

Vanderwielen was born in Germany in the midst of World War II. Though citizens of the Netherlands, his parents had been relocated to Brachelen, G...

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