George Ognenoff was born June 20, 1928 in the Weisser Park area of Fort Wayne. He was just 17 in 1945 when he joined the United States Navy. He did his basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago and shipped out to the China Sea. He was assigned to the Destroyer, Fred T. Berry, DD858.
George was a sports enthusiast who loved the game of football. In those days almost every outfit in the service had a football team. He played with DES-PAC, which became the Pacific Fleet football champions. In 1948 they played in the Rose Bowl and defeated the Pendleton Marines 41-19. They played in the Silver Bowl, defeating the Mexican All-Stars, 33-27.
Mr. Ognenoff came back to Fort Wayne and worked at City Utilities for about a year and then worked as a sales representative for Old Crown until they closed in 1973. He then worked for the Moellering Janitorial Supply Company until his retirement in 1997.
Currently George is a long-time member of American Legion Post #296 located on Tillman Road.
Veterans Day will be observed on Thursday, November 11, 2004. At American Legion Post 296 ham, beans and cornbread will be served. The Auxillary will have a bake sale all day.