Veteran Of The Month
Terry Parks grew up in south Minneapolis and attended South High School, class of 1972. At the age of 18, Parks joined the U.S. Navy Seabees MCB 133. He went in as a kid and came out as a petty officer third class builder. He was stationed in Homeport, Gulfport, Mississippi and his tours included Okinawa, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
John Carson grew up in St. James, Minnesota, and joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in 1998 when he was 17. (He went to basic training the summer between his junior and senior year of high school.)
Benjamin Gibbs was 20 years old when he went into the Army-National Guard.
Richard White lived in many cities growing up. He was born in Butler, PA and attended 23 different schools before graduating high school. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 20 and served from 1966– 1971.
Tech Sergeant Raymond “Bud” Teme was drafted into WWII in 1943 and chose to serve in the Army. He began his training in Camp Howze, Fla., where he was quickly promoted to squad leader. His unit was reassigned to Camp Pendleton, Calif. where they trained for amphibious operations at the Marine Corps’ base.
Paul “Chuck” Ennis was born in Lexington, Minn., where he lived until the age of 5 when the Ennis family moved to Erwin, North Carolina.
Mark Mulvihill was 18 years old when he joined the United States Marine Corps and 19 years old when he first landed in I Corps South Vietnam.
A native of St Paul, Minn., Christy “Chris” W. Sauro, Jr. enlisted in the United States Marines at the age of 17, under the 120 day delayed entry program. Shortly thereafter he received a letter from the Marine Corps informing him that the Minnesota Twins baseball team was sponsoring his unit and they would be sworn in on TV at a pre-game ceremony on June 28, 1967.
On June 28 1967, Minneapolis native Tim Sather was 18-years-old when he and 150 men and a few young ladies, were sworn in as United States Marine Recruits, preceding a Twins game at the old […]
Bob Grant is March’s Veteran Of The Month!
Earl Lovell was born on his Grandpa Lovell’s farm in Sioux County, ND.
SrA James Shedd is currently assigned to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. With the persistence of his father, he joined the Air Force shortly after graduating from Maple Grove Senior high in 2008.
Petty Officer Kevin Rofidal is assigned to Coast Guard Station Duluth, MN where he serves as a boarding officer and law enforcement instructor.
Verne Wiltse grew up in St. Paul and eagerly joined the Navy when he was 17, and was stationed in California and trained to be a dental assistant. After the service he went to Macalester College in St. Paul, got married and had a family.
Cortney Amundson served in the US Air Force from as a non-destructive inspection journeyman 2003-2007. She served during Operation Enduring Freedom during her deployment to Uzbekistan 2004-2005.
Matthew Gilbert is September’s Veteran of the Month!
Louis Goldstein joined the Army Reserves in November of 2002 at the age of 17 while still a junior in High School. He attended St. Cloud State University from September 2005 – December 2009, and graduated with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies.
John Dauffenbach entered the US Army in 1960 at the age of 17. He served in Germany from 1960 – 1963 as a Nuclear War head specialist, and a rocket assembly specialist.
Trista Matascastillo began her 16-year military career in 1992 where she served as an Avionic Technician in the United States Navy and was the first woman to serve in her command.
Staff Sergeant Andrea Drost grew up in Luverne, Minn. and graduated from Luverne High School in 2004.
Brock Hunter is an attorney and former Army scout who focuses his practice on defending psychologically injured veterans in the criminal courts and advocating for reforms in the way the justice system deals with them.
Myrl Mahaney was asked by the government to join the Army in July of 1951 at the age of 19, and was assigned to be a classified correspondence clerk.
Capt. Nikki Jansen grew up in Plymouth, Minn. and attended Wayzata High School. She was nominated to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. by Sen. Jim Ramstad, and was accepted to attend in June 2002.
Amanda Kotval enlisted into the Wis. Army National Guard on Feb. 13, 2006. She was appointed as additional Cadre for the RSP in Chippewa Falls, Wis. upon her return from Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training until January 2008.
Gene Altstatt grew up in Mahtomedi and went to St. Thomas academy, which gave him interest in the military.