Featured Veteran

Several times each year the museum selects a Minnesota veteran whose military service deserves note.  A short biography is written and a special exhibit is created near the Veterans' Support Wall in the museum. 

Introducing Our Current Featured Veteran:

Fr. Stephen M. Wagman

— July 3, 2017

This chaplain in Vietnam was known as the "Flying Padre."

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Previous Featured Veterans:

Sgt. Milburn H. Henke

The first American GI in Europe during WWII.


Colonel John H. Lien

This World War II vet served four years as an army dentist in the South Pacific.


Colonel Jeffery S. Patton

From an early age, this Air Force Academy graduate wanted to fly.


Carl T. Petersen

This Navy Seebee helped reconstruct the airfield on Guadalcanal during WWII.


Pvt. Sidney C. Burk, USMC

Like many servicemen, this young Marine didn't see action.


Corporal William D. Woolworth

This soldier joined the National Guard and ended up in the Regular Army during World War I.


Sgt. Albert H. Larson

During World War II, this paratrooper made four jumps into intense combat zones.


Tech-Sgt. Dolores Marie Vosika

During World War II, this veteran made aircraft parts before joining the Women's Army Corps.


Ensign Walter M. Willis

This naval aviator lost his life on Dec. 7, 1941. Two years later, a ship was named for him.


Corporal Joseph Vosika

Corporal Vosika fought in the Philippines during the Spanish American War and insurrection that followed.


David & Linda Taylor

This couple cared for Vietnam War wounded.


Sergeant Harold (Ted) Johnson

This American fought in the Canadian Army.


Major General Patrick J. Halloran

Gen. Pat Halloran, born and raised in Chatfield, is one of Minnesota’s most distinguished aviators.


Arvidson, Norman K.  (1917-2002), Parkers Prairie and Little Falls, MN

Buettner, Kenneth (1951-2011), Avon, MN

Fletcher, Merl (1947-2012), Randall, MN

Frederick, Donald S.  (1923-2010), Richfield, MN

Huntington, Jerry. (1934-  ), Richfield, MN

Leach, George E. (1876-1955), Minneapolis, MN

Pietz, Reuel H.  (1921-2008), St. Cloud, MN

Sterrie, Norman A.  (1911-2008), St. James and Minneapolis, MN