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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 14 - November 20, 2018
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Men of Honor

0-Untitled copy 5ababBy George L. Nitti

Since high school, tow owner Steve Rhinehart of Steve's Auto Service in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, has had a passion for the history of World War II and a special place in his heart for all veterans.

He has kept his passion alive by honoring veterans of that war, particularly distinguished fighter pilots, on the company's red 2000 Kenworth T800/Vulcan V-70 unit that he calls, "Men of Honor."

"I wanted to honor the veterans for what they have done for this country," Rhinehart said. "There are nine vinyl pictures on the unit which have been enlarged as a tribute."

One of the images is of Rhinehart's father-in-law, Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Olson, who was also from Reedsburg, and two other local fighter pilots, Riney Harm and Richard Bong.

Rhinehart, who is a pilot himself, said, "Bong was a fighter pilot from Douglas County, who received a medal of honor. He flew a P-38 and shot down 40 planes during combat."

Among the other images showcased include the Black Sheep Squadron, fighter pilots who fought in the South Pacific, and a famous bomber called "Boomerang."

Rhinehart said, "It was called 'Boomerang' because the bomber fought in 132 missions and kept returning."

Rhinehart maintains that there is plenty of room to add more pictures.

He said, "We are not done yet. I would like to include veterans from other wars."

"Men of Honor," which is written in large lettering atop the pictures on both sides of the Vulcan, is a wonderful memorial of those noble gentlemen.
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