Kevin Hermening was only 21 when he first met President Reagan. He was the youngest person held hostage in the Iran hostage situation of the late 1970's.
That first meeting between Hermening and the president would leave a lasting impression on the young marine.
The picture hangs proudly in his Wausau office, Kevin Hermening meeting President Ronald Reagan for the first time after being held hostage in Iran for 444 days.
"Which was phenomenal, awe-inspiring, and overwhelming for a 21-year-old Marine from Wisconsin," said Hermening.
Hermening calls Reagan one of his heroes, inspiring him to give back to the nation.
With the passing of the former president Saturday afternoon, Hermening remembered Reagan for that ability to inspire and motivate people and for his emphasis on service to the country.
"He was always the eternal optimist, the great communicator, really was able to communicate the idea of self-sacrifice, political participation," said Hermening.
Hermening says he doesn't blame Reagan for his time as a hostage, and he thinks Reagan will be remembered for much more good than any of the political wars that turned bad for him.
"The 40th president of the United States, I think, will go down as one of the greatest president that our nation has ever had."
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