Corvette Club lets local vets ride in style

From left, St. Louis Corvette Club members Mike and Laurie Grubb of Waterloo ride in the Veterans Day Parade in St. Louis.

The 32nd annual Veterans Day Parade in St. Louis had a distinctly local patriotic flavor Saturday courtesy of the St. Louis Corvette Club.

The club of shiny Corvettes has participated in the parade for 10 years, as 18 members are veterans from all branches of the services.

Six couples from Waterloo and one from Millstadt participated in this year’s parade with the club, including World War II veteran Robert Brown, who rode as a passenger in the Corvette of his son, Craig Brown of Waterloo. Robert served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, 15th Weather Squadron, stationed at Fort William McKinley in Manila, Philippine Islands, from 1945 to 1946.

At right, World War II veteran Robert Brown prepares to ride in style in the parade. (submitted photos)

Craig is a new club member, and this was the first parade for both he and his father.

“My dad sure had fun with it,” Craig told the Republic-Times.

Other local veterans participating in the parade as part of the club included U.S. Army veteran Tom Marlo, Vietnam War veteran Jerry Giffhorn and U.S. Air Force veteran Ron Hagenow.

Corvette Club members Mike and Laurie Grubb of Waterloo also drove in the parade…>>>

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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