That’s Herbert “Hub” Gerend a Manitowoc centenarian & World War II Navy veteran. The Kaukauna native turns 101 on April 28th. Seehafer News had a chance this week to sit down with the amazing representative of ‘America’s Greatest Generation’. Gerend told us he was 24 and working at Thilmany Paper Company when the day that will live in infamy arrived.
Gerend said he “never had to duck” in serving his country, as he was a radio operator instructor and inspector during his military service. He was so skilled and trusted in his work that he gained access to developing technology.
He became so familiar with the technology, that he was able to spot a problem with a brand new set.
He also was assigned a job figuring out climate related problem the radios were experiencing on some ships.
We asked Hub what the story is behind his lifelong nickname.
Upon returning to civilian life in Kaukauna, Gerend worked as an electrician at the paper mill. He was also the father of five. Longevity is definitely in Hub’s gene-pool as all 8 of his siblings would reach at least the age of 90, including four centenarians! We asked him what the key to a long life is. After making the joke about continuing to breathe, he gave a sincere answer.
While Gerend recently moved into an apartment in Felician Village, he remains surprisingly independent for a man of his age.
Despite living for over a century, Hub is very articulate and remains positive. There is one thing he told us he will never forget.