Volunteer veteran gets state’s highest honor

World War II veteran Ernst Dannemann will be posthumously awarded the Order of the First State to recognize his extensive volunteer work.

Governor Markell will present the highest honor that can be granted to a Delawarean during a ceremony this afternoon at the Governor’s house in Dover, Woodburn. After his service during the war, Dannemann worked for the American Joint Distribution Committee to provide support for displaced persons in Europe. He was also dedicated to fighting discrimination and was the first chairman of the Delaware First State Human Relations Commission. Dannemann died last June at the age of 88.

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