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Chase to be on Honor Flight

Because of his service to the U.S. in World War II, Komets broadcaster Bob Chase will be one of the veterans on the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana on Wednesday.

To learn more about this amazing program, click here.

As part of the festivities, those being honored are given an envelope with cards and letters from family members, school children, friends and people from the community.

I was honored to be asked to write one, which I am posting below. If you would like to write anything for Bob, who was in the Navy, please do so in the comments section and I will make sure he sees it.

Bob,

It has been my great honor to work alongside you covering the Komets since 1997. During that time, I have gotten a great appreciation for how you have helped impact the people of northeast Indiana through your voice and charitable work.

I have also witnessed how you have helped shape the game we both love – hockey – throughout North America.

So many times, I have seen people ask you for autographs in places like New Haven, Conn., and Binghamton, N.Y., and I’ve seen how gracious you have been with them. It’s been a testament to how far your voice has reached.

You are one of the great champions of hockey, minor-pro hockey in particular, and obviously that’s important to me, too. You should see how giddy and nervous young broadcasters are when they come to Memorial Coliseum, sitting beside me, getting ready for their first chance to meet the Great Bob Chase.

I always strive to remain impartial in my job and, as such, I’m not always able to tell people how I really feel about them. While it’s no secret that you and I had some tense moments in 2011 regarding a story I wrote, one facet that wasn’t as clear at those times was the great sense of admiration I had for your particular role in World War II and how dispiriting it was for me to have detracted from that in any small way.

My Great Uncle, who was a particularly beloved family member before his death, was a cryptographer in the Pacific Theater in World War II. I have a unique perspective, at least for someone my age, of the sacrifices you made for your country at that time. I named my daughter after that uncle, by the way.

Bob, you have been one of Fort Wayne’s great treasures through the years. Your service is something that everyone here, and throughout the nation, should be so thankful for.

I’m glad for this Honor Flight, and the many accolades you have received in the hockey community; you are being recognized for what you have done for all of us.

Justin A. Cohn, a fellow Michigander, The Journal Gazette

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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