Sidney Rodabough, a retired "flying tiger"
Remembering the b Cedar veterans honor bombardier from World War II By ELIZABETH MILLER emille2thespectrum.com CEDAR CITY Families, Families, friends and patriots gathered Monday at local cemeteries to pay tribute to military personnel who have died for the cause of freedom and to show their respect for the Memorial Day holiday. 'This is Memorial Day," Leon Matheson, a Vietnam veteran, said. "It's always nice to remind people of the sacrifices people made." Matheson said such a small sacrifice is required by people today, compared to the sacrifice that was made by people who fought in the war. American Legion Post 74 chose to honor war hero and Cedar City resident Harry Sonntag, a World War II veteran, who was a bombardier. Although he was honored for his military military services, his thoughts were elsewhere. "I think more of the ones that lost their lives," Sonntag Sonntag said. "So many died and they were all good men and good friends. They paid the awful price." Sonntag was ejected from a plane at 3,500 feet and pulled his ripcord, which Paul Warby, World War II veteran from Cedar City, said was a big mistake. mistake. German fighters started started shooting at him until an. American P-51 P-51 P-51 shot down the German plane that was firing the shots. "That was a chancy moment with all four guns going right at me," Sonntag said. "I don't know how they missed me, I wasn't even nicked." Warby, who was the voice giving recognition to Sonntag, said Sonntag really wants to meet that American pilot who saved him. Sidney Rodabough, a retired "flying tiger" who now lives in West Jordan, made it to the Parowan celebration celebration but regretted he was not in his uniform. "If I knew this was happening, happening, I would have worn See MEMORIAL on A5 -W -W V ' "1 vf 1 r Jit - l '" Hi, Jw-T Jw-T Jw-T p -v't'V' -v't'V' ... rt'fc I j V. ; :S. - Elizabeth Miller Daily News From left, Don Snyder, a WWII veteran City and Bruce Winslow, a Vietnam veter-from veter-from veter-from Cedar City; Phil Adrian of Enoch; an from Las Vegas, help raise the flag at Richard Gunn, a WWII veteran from Cedar the Cedar City Cemetery on Monday. Veteran numbers up in Utah Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY The nation's population of war veterans decreased in the past decade, but the number in Utah increased during that period, according to Census Bureau figures. In 2000, there were 161,351 veterans in Utah, 10.7 percent of the civilian population 18 and older. That was up from 146,630 in 1990. Nationally, the number of veterans went from 27.5 million in 1990 to 26.4 million in 2000. "It isn't surprising. Utah citizens have always contributed contributed to the country's armed armed services at a very high rate," said Neil Ashdown, deputy director of the Gover nor's Office of Planning and Budget, i Ashdown cited the 4,000 National Guard members and 1,500 reservists in Utah who were activated for the war in Iraq. "Utah had one of the largest active contingencies in the nation when measured measured by the percentage of population," he said. The bulk of Utah's living veterans 3 1 .7 percent served in the Vietnam era. World War II vets were the second-largest second-largest second-largest group in the state with 22.1 percent, followed followed by Korean conflict veterans with 15.4 percent. Gulf War veterans and those serving in active duty in August 1990 or later comprised 13.2 percent of. dead all veterans. . . Civilian veterans are defined by the census as anyone older than 18 who is currently not on active duty but who once served on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or as a Merchant Marine in World War II. The area of Cache, a census-designated census-designated census-designated census-designated place in Cache County, has 55.6 percent percent veterans. Also in the top 20 most saturated veteran veteran towns are Rockville, Kanab and Scipio. Although the total number number of veterans decreased, the number of women veterans veterans increased nationally by about 500,000 to a total of 1.6 million.