Chet Krause was recognized during a reception held in conjunction with the 21st Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show.
John Adams-Graf, editor of Military Vehicles Magazine, thanked Krause for his passion in the hobby and for starting the Military Vehicle Show in Iola.
Adams-Graf, who was hired by Krause Publications in 2001, recalled Chet asking him during the interview process if he had a military vehicle. Adams-Graf replied “no,” but he wished he had a half-track.
“We aren’t paying you enough to buy a half-track, so you can use mine,” Chet replied.
Adams-Graf presented Krause with an enlarged photo of Chet during his time served in World War II.
Chet noted that not a lot of people had a portrait taken during combat. He continued that during the Battle of the Bulge, he had been assigned to the 3rd Army headquarters.
After the Germans were driven back and much of their equipment destroyed, U.S. soldiers could enter the city of Luxembourg. While in Luxembourg, a number of GIs, including Krause, had a professional photograph taken there.
Following the presentation, show attendees had a chance to write comments of appreciation on another picture board.
Beautiful weather prevailed during the weekend and crowds were up with a total of 7,886 persons in attendance.
The 2013 show is slated for Aug. 10-11.