World War II veteran from Oregon honored at Bears game
Retired Marine Corps First Sergeant Howard "Bud" Mantsch, Oregon, was honored on Nov. 10 at the end of the third quarter of the Bears versus Lions football game.
Mantsch, 92, served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II as part of the 3rd Marine Amphibious Corps, which was active in the Pacific theatre including the Solomon Islands campaign, the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign, and the Battle of Okinawa.
Prior to enlisting in 1941, his dream was to play for the Chicago Bears.
He chose to forego that dream to serve his country, but he never stopped being a Bears fan.
Mantsch grew up and went to school in Dixon.
He has lived in Oregon since 1946 when he married Cecilia Laskos.