Decorated Indiana serviceman remembered for bravery

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana native who received 76 decorations for valor and service is being remembered for his bravery.

Retired Air Force Col. John Brodak told The Indianapolis Star that retired Col. James Helms Kasler was the most courageous man he ever knew, a fierce warrior and a patriot.

Kasler, a South Bend native, was remembered over the Memorial Day weekend because he died April 24 at age 87. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis on May 16 with full military honors.

Kasler flew 198 missions during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was shot down during the Vietnam War and spent more than six years as a prisoner of war.

He spent the past 39 years as a resident of Momence, Illinois. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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