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.
The New York Giants have signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis, who fills a void in the backfield, is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.
In Minnesota, veterans rallied at the Vietnam Memorial in St. Paul to show their support of the national movement. They talked about the closing of the national war memorials and the suspension of death benefits to military families.
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.
The events of Sept.11 inspired many Americans to serve their country by joining the armed forces. On Wednesday night, Minnesota veterans were recognized at the 25th Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony. WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman, a Gulf War vet, was the emcee at the event.
Matthew Gilbert is September’s Veteran of the Month!
A World War II veteran took a step back in history with a commemorative flight on a plane he learned to fly some 70 years ago. John Rewey was trained on a B-25 and a co-pilot on one for a short time before he was assigned on a B-24 crew. He flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. His family arranged for the 89 year old to take flight again.
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.
A public tip has helped authorities arrest a man in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed a man from Wyoming, Minn., earlier this month. According to the Department of Public Safety, Derek Anthony Sanders, 31, of Wyoming, Minn., was taken into custody from his parents’ residence Wednesday morning without incidence.
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.
It’s been 60 long years but finally, a Princeton, Minn. veteran is getting the Prisoner of War service medal he earned decades ago.
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.
The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Brett Clark to a contract for the remainder of the season.
In what will most likely be the first of many changes to the team’s wide receiver roster, the Minnesota Vikings released veteran Michael Jenkins Monday, according to ESPN.