• Honoring Von Boll

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  • Von Boll was drafted into the U.S. Army in the fall of 1952, late in the Korean conflict period. As a southern Indiana native, he reported to Fort Benjamin in Indianapolis in December to be sworn in, and was then sent to Camp Grayling in Michigan. At Camp Grayling, the Army performed a skills assessment and determined that he was capable of many technical skills; this resulted in his assignment to Camp Pickett, Virginia for basic training.

    After sixteen weeks of intense training, Von was assigned to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas where he was asked to attend x-ray technician school and gain capability to support advanced medical procedures during combat. While serving at Fort Sam Houston, he was invited to play on the Army baseball team. As an accomplished athlete, he pitched in a rotation that included Don Newcombe, a future major league Hall of Fame pitcher and the second man to break the major league color barrier.

    In his army career, Von became a leader and learned many of the traits that guided his future career. At his pinnacle, he became a sergeant and led 250 men engaged in his specialty area. He was married to Jean in early 1952, and she was thankfully able to accompany him and support his journey in its entirety. His service ended in December, 1954. Von and Jean returned to their hometown of Columbus, Indiana, started a family and began a successful business career with Cummins Engine Company. Von and Jean moved to Northville in 1972.

    - The Boll Family

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