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:
Sergeant Oscar William Fode
September 7, 2020
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Previous Featured Veterans:
Earl W. Anderson
Navigator on B-17 “Clowning Glory” 601st Bombardment Squadron 398th Bomb Group
Technical Sergeant Ralph Wesley Thompson
Loadmaster and world traveler
1st Lieutenant Shaun Patrick Brown
Skydiving Music Man
Lt. Commander Roger D. Stenzel
US Navy Hurricane Hunter
Staff Sergeant Lee D. MacDonald
Bataan Death March Survivor
Remembering Everyone Deployed
For those who can't be home for the holidays.
Sergeant Carl G. Peterson
WWII railroad worker in the Persian Gulf
Private First Class George O. Ingebretsen
Defending Two Homelands
Fr. Stephen M. Wagman
This chaplain in Vietnam was known as the "Flying Padre."
Sergeant 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.
Private 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.
Sergeant 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.
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