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World War II veteran Jim Meaden, Slayton, holds two of the medals he earned during his military service. Brian Korthals/Daily Globe

Veteran spent most of WWII training: Gunner in training

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SLAYTON -- The year was 1943. Jim Meaden was in his senior year of high school at Slayton and working alongside his dad, Otto, in the family-owned Meaden Machine Works, when his draft notice arrived in the mail.

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