What began as a friendship at White River High School in the 1930’s, Ed Petranek, class of 1938, and Chet Anderson, class of 1937, developed a work ethic and sense of patriotism that carried on through out their lives.
Both Ed and Chet went on to college after high school attending the University of South Dakota. Chet was called to active duty in 1940. He served stateside and in the Philippines. Ed graduated in 1942 with his B.S. degree and at graduation was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant with the R.O.T.C. program. His first assignment was to the 34th Infantry Division in Algeria.