Salute to Veterans: Gary Hawhee

Veteran's Voices

WHO 13 is proud to salute military veteran Gary Hawhee of West Des Moines.

Gary enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school and served on the USS Carmick (DMS 33) during the Korean War. Each sailor aboard the USS Carmick received a Department of Defense ribbon to display on their uniform for their minesweeping efforts off the coast of Korea.

At 90 years old, Gary recently self-published his first book titled “Adventures Before We Were Twelve.” The book is a collection of stories about life on the farm in the 1930s and 1940s in southwest Iowa. For information on how to order the book, you can email


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