HJ/EDJune 5, 2006

Casting Creations completes statue honoring Marine survivor

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Casting Creations of Howard Lake just completed a bronze sculpture that has local ties. Lee Dahlquist of Cokato has a friend who has been immortalized with a sculpture cast in the Howard Lake foundry.

The Cokato man’s friend is Charles Lindberg (not the famous aviator), the last survivor of the handful of Marines who hoisted the first flag over Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, during the fiercest fighting of Iwo Jima.

Becida artist Jim Paulsen sculpted the six-foot statue and had it cast at Casting Creations. The statue shows Lindberg as a World War II Marine flame-thrower. Dahlquist had been invited to Casting Creations to see the sculpture before it was crated and shipped for installation.

The statue now is the centerpiece of a memorial in Bemidji that was dedicated May 20. The new memorial is called Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial. Ron Cuperus of Bemidji led the construction effort for the memorial.

Lindberg now lives in Richfield.

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