World War II veteran gets honored as Humboldt Hero

EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)- As we enter this Memorial Day weekend a World War two Navy veteran is being honored as this month’s Humboldt Hero.

Wayne Maples was honored during a noon hour ‘Humboldt Heroes’ Ceremony in Eureka today.

After serving in World War II, Maples settled in Eureka and was the long-time owner of a local plumbing company.

He started Maples Plumbing and Heating in 1969 and although he’s retired, the business still bears his name today.

“You know, this is just a really special thing for dad. You know, he’s been in Eureka for a long time and for them to honor Dad’s service is really special for him and for me and my brothers. And he’s very proud of his service in the war. As you can see, he doesn’t go anywhere without his U.S. boxer hat. So he’s very proud of that. And we’re very proud of him,” said Dale Maples, Son of Humboldt Hero.

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