Longest-serving active Guard Reserve soldier retires
SPRINGFIELD — Since he was 5 years old, Col. Wesley R. Anderson of Minooka and native of Manlius, knew he wanted to be a soldier and so did everyone else.
In his high school yearbook, his classmates predicted he would be a general someday. Years later when he returned for reunions, they weren’t surprised to see he was living his childhood dream. It may have been because he wore his father’s and stepfather’s dog tags every day, even during football games. Or maybe they just knew he was a natural leader.
Right after high school, an 18-year-old Anderson quickly found himself providing for his new wife and young son by working for John Deere. As he was home from work sick one day, he realized it was time to make a change.
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