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By Betty Vanderwielen

Sindelar enjoyed the perks of the job

Veteran Spotlight


October 3, 2019

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Norm Sindelar, Petty Officer 3rd Class Aviation Electrician.

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Norman Sindelar joined the U.S. Navy in 1962. Though he never actually served aboard a naval vessel, he sees his four years of service as a series of great opportunities.

When Sindelar reported to the Military Entrance Processing Station in Butte on Jan. 2, the temperature was minus 42 degrees, without factoring in windchill. During the next two days he passed beyond the Montana state line for the first time, took his first train ride and reported for boot camp in San Diego, Calif. The temperature was a balmy 82 degrees.

After basic training, Sindelar w...

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