Honoring those who served to protect their country is Vince Cockriel who designed the Cannon Falls Military History Museum. "Train for war… but pray for peace."
The estimated survival rate of a “tail gunner” - the man operating a machine gun in the tight rear compartment of a B17 airplane in WWII - was seven missions. But Army Staff Sergeant John Cockriel lasted through 50 of them and came back home again.
Vince Cockriel has the uniform of his Uncle John on display at his recently opened Cannon Falls Military History Museum a few miles southwest of Cannon Falls at 33504 Warsaw Trail.