POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 9:35 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin
An 86-year-old WWII veteran from Cottage Grove is starting a new job this month, selling cars more than six decades after he started.
Wilson Krohn was an expert rifleman for the Marines during the war. When he returned home he began selling cars in Madison when a new Ford cost less than $2,000. Now Krohn is returning to work at Viking Motorcars in Stoughton.
"I had my goal set that I was going to work until I was 95," said Krohn. "I'm like a 13,000 mile car."
Besides his new job, Krohn is also embarking on a journey on a Badger Honor Flight this weekend to see the memorials built in his honor in Washington, D.C. He says he decided to enlist as soon as he saw the massacre at Pearl Harbor, fought on the beaches of Japan and helped guard the Enola Gay on the runway. His also says his life was likely spared by the bombing of Nagasiki which avoided a land attack.
"We were scheduled to invade Nagasaki September 15, 1945. I was with the 2nd division 6th regiment, we were going to be the first wave," he said.
Krohn says he avoided an honor flight for years fearing it could cause panic attacks brought on by PTSD. He heads to D.C. with his son-in-law Saturday.