September 2020


What’s hiding under your chicken coop? Silly question? Perhaps. But for veteran Jim Thomsen, the answer is life changing. In the 1950s, Jim was an Army soldier serving in the Korean War. Young. Scared. Thousands of miles from his family in rural Minnesota. Just a boy putting his life on the line and honoring his country the only way he could. War is filled with terror and moments one hopes to someday forget. So when an opportunity for folly presents itself, you seize it. Especially when it involves alcohol. And a chicken coop. The officers at Jim’s base were having a party. With scotch. So Jim and his fellow soldiers devised a plan to snag themselves some as well. With a brevity they didn’t feel, they arrived at the party claiming to be officers and asked to “load up” the scotch. So with a vehicle suddenly filled with contraband scotch,…

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