Godfrey Emerson Boehm
Godfrey Emerson Boehm was a founding member of the Newspaper Guild and devoted a lifetime to journalism and labor organizing. He died of congestive heart failure on May 23rd 2000, at his home in Santa Rosa. He was 93.
Boehm interrupted his work as a journalist to serve as a combat pilot during World War II. He spent 15 months in a German prison camp after being shot down over Italy. After his return, he was blacklisted and forced to work as a janitor for several years. Ten years later, Boehm returned to journalism and co-founded the Union Gazette, where he worked until his retirement in 1983. In 1957, he received the International Labor Press Association award for excellence in journalism. Boehm was also awarded the Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his valor in service, but Boehm returned the Air Medal in 1986 to protest US foreign policy.