Veteran's Spotlight: John Lindholm

By Jack Kapple and Tristan Jordan Staters Union I9061874887_5852c4c41b_oJohn Lindholmn current culture, it is quite easy to become absorbed in what needs to be done in the now; although this is something important to recognize, one must realize that in order to succeed, he must examine his past in the present time to instill a worth-while future. If a problem is present, one must be able to look at past facts and pinpoint the origin of the disconnect – this is the only way to move forward; it is simply the scientific process. With this premise in mind, Staters should be keen to seize the opportunities they have in engaging with the lives of the many US Veterans that surround them. On December 12, 1942, John Lindholm enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. His endeavors were unbelievable. Lindholm traveled to over 50 countries and to all 50 states; he was able to survive against crazy odds when his plane had more than 100 bullet holes in the oxygen tank; and he retained sanity in the overwhelming event of a shot to his helmet. When asked about his most dangerous mission, he said, “Well, you never know what you’re getting into, there’s no knowing what mission will be most dangerous.” This statement from Lindholm truly demonstrates the character of a veteran: someone who is willing to be uncomfortable in order to ensure the safety of others. This is responsibility – the most important value that John learned in his military career. The question now arises: how does one learn from the past of John Lindholm in order to instill a prosperous future? Tristan Jordan said, “I learned that it is important to go into every task with an open mind and a positive attitude regardless of what other people say about the task.” With all that has been stated, it should indeed be noted that having deep, meaningful conversations with our beloved Veterans is essential for the development of a successful Boys State.]]>