Cheifland resident Harold Koss was recently recognized for his military service by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers. A junior in high school at the time, Koss was drafted into the United States (U.S.) Army in 1943 at age 18. He served until 1946 and was discharged as a corporal.

During his time in the U.S. Army, Koss served in the 252nd Port Company from its arrival in Calcutta until its departure after V-J Day in 1945. The mission of the 252nd Port Company was to help provide supplies to American and Chinese forces in the China Burma India Theater.

“We were responsible for supplying American forces in Burma and Chinese Nationalist Forces in China,” said Koss. “Supplies were shipped by railroad and truck to airheads in North India and then flown over the Hump (a name used to describe the air route over the eastern part of the Himalayan Mountains) into China or transported by pack mule into Burma.” Koss also received a Letter of Commendation during his time in the U.S. Army for his participation in the record-breaking unload of a supply ship in the Port of Calcutta.

The Haven Hospice Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients also includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans.  The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service. Also as a part of the Veteran Pinning Ceremony, Koss received a red, white and blue blanket created by volunteers from the Ellzey United Methodist Church in Otter Creek.