Second Minnesota Volunteer Infantry veterans at dedication of monument to Second Minnesota, Snodgrass Ridge, Chickamauga, Georgia, 1895. (Minnesota Historical Society)

Albert Shoaf of Owatonna (tallest soldier in back) and his buddies waiting to return home, Paris, May 1919.  (Minnesota American Legion/Wiebusch)

Two soldiers from HQ Co, 125th Field Artillery, 34th Infantry Division, prepare to bed down for the night in Arkansas while on their way to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, February 1942. (Minnesota American Legion/Yeager)

Marine Corps aviators from Minnesota aboard a carrier in the Pacific, 1945. (US Navy)

Special Forces soldiers at Cam Rahn Bay Air Force Base, South Vietnam, January 1970.  (Doug Bekke)

A sailor from Mankato aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard arrives at home port in San Diego after a seven-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, June 2002.  (Minnesota American Legion/Braam)

Three Minnesota National Guard soldiers pose with Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers at an ANA Observation Post in northern Afghanistan, April 2011.  (Minnesota National Guard)

The Coast Guard stands vigil on the Mississippi following collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, August 2007.  (Minnesota American Legion/Rofidal)


( THE OUTPOST movie details below ) 

In anticipation of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Military Museum has launched a sweeping, statewide initiative to gather Minnesota stories - from Service Members & civilians - about America’s longest war. Minnesotans found themselves on the frontline in 2001. The resulting 20-year Global War on Terror has been increasingly fought by the citizen-soldiers of the Reserves and National Guard. Thousands of servicemen and women from the state have been deployed overseas; often placing tremendous strain on their families. 

Whole units often enjoyed deployment ceremonies and homecomings but unique to the Post 9/11 experience has been the service of individuals (termed individual augmentees). Drawn from active duty, guard, and reserves, the experience of these sailors, soldiers, airmen, and marines has often been more solitary. Here at home, many Minnesota companies and communities sought to support our troops beyond yellow ribbons. The time to preserve these records and reflect on this era (for the benefit of these veterans, their families, the general public and future generations) is now.

To share your story in-print or on-camera, please contact the museum today.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.


  • July 25, 2020
    Consistent with Governor Walz’s recent executive order, face masks are now required when visiting the museum’s indo… via @MNMilMuseum
  • July 24, 2020
    Join us Saturday (7/25) at 1 p.m. for another of our outdoor, veteran-led, Up-Close Programs (free). via @MNMilMuseum
  • July 16, 2020
    RT @StoneyPortis: Grateful to @MNMilMuseum for sharing @TheOutpostMovie. Here's a fantastic interview of MN-native Andrew Bundermann, groun… via @MNMilMuseum
  • July 12, 2020
    RT @StoneyPortis: When trauma survivors tell their stories, we must stop and listen. Watching one of my best friends relive his war story w… via @MNMilMuseum


The Museum will host a private screening of this film, based on Jake Tapper's book, on Friday, July 10 at 7:00 PM at the Heights Theater: 3951 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421. Advance (complimentary) tickets are required and can be requested via email:

1st Lt. Andrew Bundermann will be our special guest for the movie.  He was acting commander of COP Keating on Oct 3, 2009, is portrayed in the movie and was one of the first to share his Post-9/11 story with us.