Our latest Hometown Hero is Helen Misner, one of the few World War Two veterans left here in the Valley.
Helen grew up on a farm on the state line in western Vigo County. After high school she attended St. Anthony’s Nursing School and then joined the Navy upon graduation, going in as an officer.
Helen spent most of her service time caring for the boys in a hospital at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. During that time, she personally cared for General Holland Smith, the Commandant of all the Marines serving in the South Pacific at one time. Though only a couple of years older than her patients, she said many of them thought of her as their mother and wrote to her after the war.
After the service she returned to Terre Haute where she married Edwin a happy union that would last for 43 years.
At 95, Helen is a vibrant and beautiful lady who has lived an exemplary life making her the perfect Hometown Hero.