Stories of Honor: Helena-area Vietnam veteran Chris Warren followed three brothers into armed forces

CURT SYNNESS For the Independent Record

U.S. Air Force veteran Chris Warren, who served a tour in Vietnam in 1970-71 in munitions transportation, is the youngest of four Warren brothers to serve in the military.

“We all just went into the service, it’s what our family did,” Warren related, in a recent interview from his home below the North Hills. “We felt it was our duty.”

Warren, 73, is the son of the late William L. and Myrtle (Moren) Warren. Bill (1917-1994) attended school in the Helena area, and served in the U.S. Navy on a minesweeper during World War II. He worked a variety of jobs – including at Central Garage, Rates Grocery, AA Garage, the Country Club on Highway12 East, Broadwater Hotel, Northern Pacific Railroad and Power Townsend – but mainly at Brackman’s Grocery across from the Depot on Helena Avenue, before retiring in 1979.

Myrtle (1916-1999) went to grade school in Craig, before graduating from Helena High in 1934, and attended business college in Helena. She married Bill in 1935. Myrtle worked at Western Saddlery, and then joined her husband at Brackman’s.

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