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Lester F. Jensen, 85, of Fremont died Friday, May 30, 2008, at Life Care Center of Elkhorn. He was born Oct. 17, 1922, in rural Hooper to Peter and Gladys (Skinner) Jensen. He grew up in Hooper and attended Dodge County District 23 School. He graduated in 1939 from Hooper High School. He attended Doane College in Crete, Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from Dec. 23, 1942, to March 3, 1946. He lived and farmed in rural Hooper from 1946 until moving to Fremont in 1979. He worked for the Department of Agriculture, as committeeman, reporter, compliance supervisor and county committeeman from 1962 to 1981. He then was secretary manager of Farmers Mutual Insurance Association of Dodge County from 1971 to 1986, and from 1986 until retiring in 1998 was an agent and director of Farmers Mutual United Insurance Co. of Wahoo. He married Lois L. Boston on July 25, 1948, in Table Rock. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Hooper, American Legion Post 18 of Hooper and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 200 of Fremont. Survivors include: his wife; a son, Rodney (and wife, Cathy) Jensen of Fremont; three daughters, Dinie Jensen of Fremont, Debra (and husband, Garry) Traut of Cedar Bluffs and Denise (and husband, Roy) McDonald of Fremont; a brother, Donald (and wife, Mary Alice) Jensen of Loveland, Colo.; brother-in-law, Clifford Lund of Fremont; and four grandchildren, Jaclyn Pascoe (and fiancé, Tomas Suarez), Troy Pascoe (and fianceé, Melissa Andrus), Matthew McDonald and Trisha Thiel. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marie Lund. The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Faith United Methodist Church in Hooper with the Rev. Susan Sanders officiating. There is no visitation, however, friends may sign the register book from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family present from 6-8 p.m., all at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The United States flag will be presented by the members of American Legion Post 18 of Hooper at the church. Private family burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the church.
Posted by Richard Boston on May 30, 2020
Lester F. Jensen served aboard the USS Twiggs. In June, the battle for Okinawa was drawing to its close. The Twiggs (USS Twiggs (DD-591), a Fletcher-class destroyer) continued radar picket duties in the western fire support area and supported strikes on Iheya Shima and Iheya-Aguni with pre-landing bombardment and gunfire support. On 16 June, Twiggs was on radar picket duty off Senaga Shima in the western fire support area. At 20:30, a single, low-flying plane dropped a torpedo which hit Twiggs on her port side, exploding her number 2 magazine. The plane then circled and completed its kamikaze mission in a suicide crash. The explosion enveloped the destroyer in flame; and, within an hour, she sank. Despite the hazard of exploding ammunition from the blazing Twiggs, 188 survivors were rescued from the oily waters. Among the 152 dead and missing was her commanding officer, Comdr. George Philip Jr. USS Putnam (DD-757) was nearby at the time of the attack. Captain Glenn R. Hartwig, the squadron commander in Putnam, quickly closed with Twiggs. Exploding ammunition made rescue operations hazardous, but of 188 Twiggs survivors snatched from the sea, Putnam accounted for 114.[2].

Lester F. Jensen was one of those 188 survivors of the USS Twiggs.

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Posted by Richard Boston on May 30, 2020
Lester F. Jensen served aboard the USS Twiggs. In June, the battle for Okinawa was drawing to its close. The Twiggs (USS Twiggs (DD-591), a Fletcher-class destroyer) continued radar picket duties in the western fire support area and supported strikes on Iheya Shima and Iheya-Aguni with pre-landing bombardment and gunfire support. On 16 June, Twiggs was on radar picket duty off Senaga Shima in the western fire support area. At 20:30, a single, low-flying plane dropped a torpedo which hit Twiggs on her port side, exploding her number 2 magazine. The plane then circled and completed its kamikaze mission in a suicide crash. The explosion enveloped the destroyer in flame; and, within an hour, she sank. Despite the hazard of exploding ammunition from the blazing Twiggs, 188 survivors were rescued from the oily waters. Among the 152 dead and missing was her commanding officer, Comdr. George Philip Jr. USS Putnam (DD-757) was nearby at the time of the attack. Captain Glenn R. Hartwig, the squadron commander in Putnam, quickly closed with Twiggs. Exploding ammunition made rescue operations hazardous, but of 188 Twiggs survivors snatched from the sea, Putnam accounted for 114.[2].

Lester F. Jensen was one of those 188 survivors of the USS Twiggs.
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