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In honor of Justin Akins, Navy - Served in the Gulf War

Hometown: Ely (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Karen Voli)

Justin, my grandson, enlisted in the Navy while still in High School. He served in the Gulf from Jan 07 to Sept. 07. He starts his 2nd (unknown) tour of duty again this January. This tour will be hard for him because since his last tour he and his wife have had a baby. Brayden is 2 months old. I know Justin is thinking about all of the accomplishments that Brayden will make while he's gone & going to miss: that first tooth, seeing him sit up for the first time. . . simply watching him grow. I just hope he knows how very proud we all are of him and how anxious I am to hold that new baby.


In honor of Sergeant First Class E-7 Rex Allen, Army

Hometown: Barbourville, KY (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Teanna Allen)

Rex has been my husband for five years now and I have watched him grow through his years in the service. He is a team player and believes in taking care of his soldiers. He is a soldier first and foremost and loves his country and would do anything for it.


In honor of Art Altman, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Lakefield, MN (Submitted October 3, 2008 by John Nauerth III)

It's soybean combining time in Minnesota, the rows are golden brown, traveling their way through the majestic machinery. My thoughts remind me of Art Altman, who enjoyed the harvest, running machines and all that goes with it. Art is no longer with us, a member of the "great generation" called upon to serve our country in times of great peril. He participated in the D-day invasion. Art never said much about those times, except to mention the close calls he had survived. I picked up my button at Farm Fest. I wear it proudly In honor of Art. He enabled me to wear it. This election is of utmost importance, and each vote counts. One vote decided to give the Nazi party leadership to Adolf Hitler. I wear my button humbly, proudly, respectfully, and ask the readers to VOTE. Regards. John III


In honor of Leonard Anderhoefer

Hometown: Milbank, SD (Submitted August 27, 2008 by Rodney Bunting)

My Cousin


In honor of Max Anderhoefer - Served in World War II

Hometown: Milbank, SD (Submitted August 26, 2008 by Rodney Bunting)

My Uncle
 


In honor of David Anderson, US Navy - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Backus, MN (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Judith Anderson)

David, my husband, served his country for four active years then did another 24 years in the active reserves. I am very proud of him


In honor of Donald R. Anderson, Air Force - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Trudy Lehmeyer)

My hero. my dad. One of his most cherished possessions - the U. S. flag that hangs near the front door. Funny how just a piece of fabric can bring a tear to a man's eye, a strong man that has lived through a depression, fought a war and raised a family. Thanks dad. I love you.


In honor of Colonel Harry J. Anderson, Marine Corps, Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: Virginia, Minnesota (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Linnea Anderson)

I would like to honor my father, who, even though he was not born in the United States, loved this country and served as a Marine Corps pilot in two wars.


In honor of Jeffrey Anderson, Air National Guard - Served in the Gulf War and the War on Terror

Hometown: Rosemount, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Michele Anderson)

Jeff spent 23 months after 9/11 on active duty with the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth Minnesota. He was in various places including Duluth, protecting the Minnesota borders, as well as DC and Florida. In addition he has since served 3 tours to Iraq with his wing. Jeff has always put the mission first, never thinking of himself first, but always first of the mission and his unit.


In honor of Specialist Joshua Anderson, Army- Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Jordan (Submitted October 1, 2010 by Lou Pearson)

This is a tribute to Josh/ Doc Anderson; he was a great kid, man, father, and hero. He served the cause of freedom for our country and Iraq, and paid the ultimate price. He left behind his wife and child, his parents and siblings. He was a loving caring friend and comrade, serving as a combat medic in Kamasia until he was KIA; 1/2/2008. His selflessness will always be remembered.
 


In honor of Private First Class Joshua Anderson, Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Jordan (Submitted October 26, 2010 by Mathias Baden)

Joshua Anderson, died Jan. 3, 2008, an active duty U. S. Army combat medic who grew up in Jordan, Minn. ’s Brentwood neighborhood. He was killed in the line of duty by an improvised explosive device. He was reportedly the 68th person with strong ties to Minnesota and the fifth from Scott County to die in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On patrol in Kamasia, Iraq, Anderson was riding in the passenger seat of a fully armored humvee when the bomb went off on his side of the vehicle. Anderson had arrived in Iraq two months prior to the incident, with the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Stewart, Ga. His parents are Keven and Lynn Anderson of Jordan. A 2002 graduate of Jordan High School, Anderson leaves behind his wife, Hannah, and 3-year-old daughter, Savannah. He is remembered as a good and happy-go-lucky son, husband, father, former student, teammate on the football field, and dear friend. He always wanted to help people, his friends and family kept saying during interviews. His ambition to help turned him toward the medical field – he sought training as an emergency medical technician tactical and even took home a medal of honor. Anderson was quickly nicknamed Doc by the others in his platoon, whom he was always looking after. “He was kind and considerate, and he was a good son,” said his mother, Lynn. “He was a good father. ” I vote In honor of Josh.


In honor of Michael Anderson, US Navy

Hometown: Backus, MN (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Judith Anderson)

Mike is my son and served for 6 years from 1978 to 1984. I am very proud of him for serving his country


In honor of Oliver Anderson - Served in World War II

Hometown: Holmes City, MN (Submitted August 27, 2008 by Rodney Bunting)

My Father In Law


In honor of Randy Anderson, Army - Served in Bosnia

(Submitted September 25, 2008 by Judith Anderson)

I'm the proud mother of Randy who served his country for four years.


In honor of TSgt Randy C. Anderson, Air Force - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Detroit Lakes, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Julie Bannon)

I am very proud of my brother Randy for serving his country for 14 years. I am also glad he is now home safe and sound from serving in Iraq.


In honor of Sergeant Richard Anderson, Marine Corps - Served in WWII

Hometown: Burnsville (Submitted December 5, 2009 by Marsha Anderson-Shearen)

Richard Anderson served in WWII as a Marine. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Far East, storming the shores of Peleliu, and Guam. He was wounded by some flying shrapnel, but the line was too long to get it looked at, so he pulled the chunk of metal out of his leg and kept it. He never received a purple heart for his wound, the witnesses are all deceased. He says serving and fighting in WWII is one of the things he is most proud of that he has done in his life. When he returned from serving almost four years overseas he arrived in San Francisco and called home. He then found out that his father had passed away two weeks before. This was very difficult. He is the most honorable person I know the perfect example of the greatest generation.


In honor of Lance Cpl Levi Angell, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Cloquet (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

Marine Lance Cpl. Levi T Angell died due to injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 8. 2004.


In honor of SSgt Christopher Armstrong, Air National Guard - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Duluth, MN (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Sherri Armstrong)

I am very proud of my son for following in mine and his grandfather's footsteps in serving his country. He has made several trips to the "Sandbox" now and actually used his trip last January to re-enlist for another 6 years in the Guard. I wish all of our troops the best and send them my thanks for being willing to serve.


In honor of Master Sergeant Roland Armstrong, Marine Corps - Served in WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars

Hometown: Madison (Submitted November 1, 2010 by Margaret Hamm)

This is a tribute to my late father, Master Sergeant Roland E. Armstrong. He was the epitome of a Marine - duty, honor, and country. He honorably served for 26 years and through three wars to protect our freedoms, including our right to vote. We all should take the time to be thankful for many hard-fought rights and freedoms we enjoy, but many times take for granted. The right to vote is one of those freedoms. Thank you dad for all that you have done.


In honor of Gary Arne, Army

Hometown: Cannon Falls (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Sandy Komis)

I will vote In honor of all Veterans and Active-Duty service members. I am grateful for all who serve for us.


In honor of Robert Ashpole, Army - Served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Alison Aubrecht)

My grandfather was a prisoner of war during the Korean Conflict. He was a fighter, a survivor and a patriot until the very end. He is no longer with us but it is his spirit that serves as a reminder of why we need to carry on the legacy of brave men like him. I'm voting In honor of my grandfather on November 4th.


In honor of Senior Airman Maria Austin, Air Force

Hometown: Red Wing, Minnesota (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Roger Austin)

Maria, my daughter, completed high school at Red Wing in 2006 . She entered the Air Force two weeks after graduation and is now stationed at Pope Air Base N. C. I am very proud that my daughter is giving time to her country and our way of life.


In honor of Raymond Austin, US Navy - Served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars

Hometown: Red Wing, Minnesota (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Roger Austin)

Ray, my brother, was a retired Chief Petty Officer who passed away 10 years ago. The best thing I can say about him is he loved the Navy and his country. He was a strong believer in our way of life. He was a 20 year man. Once I asked him if he regretted anything about what he did with his life. The only thing he regretted was not staying in the Navy longer. Fair winds and following seas shipmate.


In honor of Jonathan Ayers

Hometown: Snellville Georgia (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Wendy Lynn)

Jonathon, I will never forget. Killed when his outpost was overrun in Afghanistan. 24 years old. Too young.


In honor of E-4 Joseph Balabuszko, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Brighton, England (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Pamela Balabuszko-Reay)

My father was not a US citizen but served this country during the Vietnam War era having been drafted at the age of 20. It was six weeks after my parents got married. He wound up at Fort Knox. Many of the guys he met there were killed in the war. My parents found their names on the Vietnam War Memorial. I will vote In honor of him and all of the men he served who are no longer alive. May peace prevail on Earth.


In honor of SGT Dustin Barth, Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Preston, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Lucinda Barth)

My Brother. My Hero!


In honor of Sgt. Dustin Barth, Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Preston (Submitted April 24, 2009 by Ashely Barth)

My husband my hero.


In honor of Albert Bast

Hometown: Miltona, MN (Submitted August 27, 2008 by Rodney Bunting)

My Friend


In honor of SPC Gwen Beberg, Army - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lauri Svedberg)

I do not know Gwen personally, but I admire her sacrifice for our county and her loyalty to "Ratchet," the puppy she rescued and befriended in Iraq. Her compassion is commendable and it's wonderful that "Ratchet" was by her side during such terrible circumstances.


In honor of Lieutenant Wesley Becker, US Army - Served in WWII and Korea

Hometown: Rochester (Submitted October 3, 2008 by Brian Becker)

To my late grandfather, Wesley Becker, who loved his country and his family; but most importantly, he loved the freedoms that he fought and bled for in his service of our great nation.


In honor of Pvt 1st Class Jerry Ray Beebe, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Brainerd, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Glo Mills)

Dear Little Brother, I miss you, and wish you could be here to see that the dream of freedom you so willingly gave your life for really does live on. Do you remember how we weren't allowed to even TALK to the black kids in the neighborhood when we lived in Alabama back in 1950? Well, Tuesday, I will cast my vote for our first Black President. I will do it proudly and in your honor. I love you. Jer.


In honor of Daniel Beel, US Army - Serving in Iraq (once again)

(Submitted September 29, 2008 by Karel Steil)

My nephew, Daniel J. Beel, entered the Army voluntarily and has already served one tour in Iraq. He was discharged, and as it goes sometimes, he was called back into service. He is again serving in Iraq. If anything happens to him, it will impact our whole family and his wife. It will devastate my sister, his mother. We pray daily for his safety and those he serves with. I wish the election was last week, so we could start getting our young men home and put their families back together. God Bless America! God Bless our Service Personnel!


In honor of Sergeant Noel Benjamin, Army National Guard - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Chaska, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Kat Benjamin)

I salute you son for volunteering to serve. You did not have to but you stepped up and took on the responsibility. You knew no one when you signed on. That did not matter. You learned to trust the men and women you deployed with. You made many good friends for life. You will never really know how proud you made me. I love you, son.


In honor of Sgt Brian Bentler, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Two Harbors, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Erica Koski)

In honor of Brian Bentler serving in Iraq at this time and 3 years ago in Kuwait.


In honor of Edward Berger, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Chris Rasmussen)

To my dad, Edward, who served our country with pride and celebrated every Election Day by being the first in his precinct to vote on his way to work. He is loved and missed.


In honor of James Berish, Air Force - Served in Korean Conflict and Vietnam War

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Paul Berish)

I am honoring my father who served through the Korean conflict and Viet Nam. He was an inspiration to my brothers and sister who followed his steps into the service. He passed in July and I would like to honor him this coming November election.


In honor of Willie Berrard, Marine Corps - Served during Peacetime

Hometown: Red Lake, MN (Submitted September 3, 2008 by Kelli Berrard)

This tribute is in honor & memory of my father, Willie Berrard. I love you daddy!


In honor of Captain Thomas Beyer - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Fargo (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Lynda Schmidt)

Tom has been missing in action for 40 years and I would like to honor him with my vote. I wear his MIA bracelet every day In honor of him.


In honor of SSgt Vanessa Salzl Bibb, Air Force - Serving in Guam; Iraqi War

Hometown: Brooklyn Park (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Mary Ann Salzl)

Vanessa is currently in Guam (overseas) helping our men & women on their way to the fight.


In honor of Marcel Bilder, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Winona MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jeanne Tanamachi)

My uncle Marcel served in the Army Air Force. He was a navigator aboard a bomber that was lost near the island of Yap in the South Pacific during 1944. He was one of so many who did not return from the war. They have not been forgotten.


In honor of Thomas Black, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: New York City (Submitted August 21, 2008 by Bert Black)

I almost always vote anyway, but this year I'm voting In honor of my father, Thomas Black, a veteran of World War II from 1942 to 1946. My dad was in the tank corps, but he started his training on horses in North Carolina because there were no tanks available for training yet. Once overseas he was part of the D Day invasion. It was literally a case of 'bringing coals to Newcastle,' as he grew up on the northeast coast of Britain (near Newcastle!). His father, a shipbuilder, moved the family to New York in 1931 during the Great Depression looking for work. There wasn't any. My dad spent some time with General Patton and survived. Patton was notorious for the way he used his tank corps hard. My dad won a Bronze Star for his actions in the taking of Hitler's Eagles Nest, the Berchtesgaden. He was also part of the second unit to find the Dachau Concentration Camp. He never talked about either of these events or much about the war at all, although we did get a few stories about D-day. My dad passed in 2000 at the age of 82, taking most of his stories with him. But after his service he always voted too. I'm glad that his children and grandchildren are carrying on that family tradition.


In honor of Danny Blaha, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Detroit Lakes, MN (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Gramma Kay Hartness)

Dan was in the group that was held over in Iraq the longest. He has returned to college and carries a 4. 0 average. I am proud that he is my grandson.


In honor of Corporal Tyler Blim, Marine Corps - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Lake City (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Myrna McCullough)

Tyler graduated from Lake City High School and is now a proud Marine. He served in Iraq and is now being deployed to Afghanistan. Thanks Tyler for protecting our country; We are so proud of you.


In honor of Corporal Timothy Bode, Marine Corps - Serving in the War on Gobal Terrorism - Iraq

Hometown: St. Paul, MN (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Deb Bode - Proud Marine Mom)

I am honoring my son, CPL Timothy Bode, who will be serving in Iraq on Election Day, November 4, 2008. Through his service in the Marine Corps, he is helping to protect our liberty and assure that all citizens, American and Iraqi, have the freedom to choose their governing officials.


In honor of Allan and David Bonnifield, Army National Guard

Hometown: New Ulm (Submitted August 26, 2008 by Kathy Bonnifield)

To my brothers, Allan and David, who are both in the National Guard and who have both been deployed twice since September 11, 2001. Allan, I will never forget driving you back to the airport in November 2006, as your leave was ending. --We talked of the results from the previous day’s elections. David sat next to you, remembering his time in Iraq. I watched the sunrise when we pulled up to the airport and did my best not to cry when David hugged you good-bye. It was so rare to see you both together…. I will vote this year in celebration that you are both here.


In honor of Allan and David Bonnifield, Army National Guard

Hometown: New Ulm (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Mary Lou Bonnifield)

Allan and David are my sons; they have been deployed twice since 9/11. Prior to that they have been on call and have been awarded for their actions during the floods and tornadoes here in Minnesota. They still tear up when they talk about the thank you people have given them for their services both here in Minnesota and abroad. The love and care they have for each other has extended to their fellow comrades. I'm proud to call them SONS.


In honor of Sergeant David Bonnifield, Army National Guard - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: New Ulm (Submitted September 15, 2010 by Kathy Bonnifield)

This year my vote honors my niece, who just started kindergarten. Sweetie, I wish you wouldn’t have cried when you saw my little brother talking to his friend, who was in a National Guard uniform. It doesn’t mean they are taking him away for a fourth deployment. We now realize how much these wars have affected you. This year I will vote In honor of you. I will vote with hope for your future. I know that you are not officially a vet, but you stand in the shadow my little brother, Sgt David Bonnifield.


In honor of Chief Petty Officer (Ret. ) Richard Borkovec, Navy - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Chicago, IL (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Robert Borkovec)

For my Dad, a man I did not get to know very well growing up, because he was away on deployment all the time. I know he loves me and I love him as well. He is the best Father anyone could ever have. Thank You.


In honor of Gerald Braun, Army - Served in Vietnam

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Eric Braun)

I miss you. Dad.


In honor of Lt Jonathan Brostrom

Hometown: Alea Hawaii (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Wendy Lynn)

Jonathon, I will never forget your sacrifice. Killed when his outpost was overrun in Afghanistan. 24 years old. Too young.


In honor of Corporal Kenyon Brown, Marine Corps

Hometown: Eagan (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Thomas Brown)

2005 School of Environmental Studies graduate. Long time Eagan Hockey Association participant. Now presently on active duty.


In honor of Duane Brudvig, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

(Submitted March 11, 2011 by Stacey Clair)

I am so proud to say that my father was in the 281st Wolf Pack as a door gunner. Thank you Dad!


In honor of Neil Brunkow (Construction Electrician 3rd), US Navy - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Lake City (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Carol Brunkow)

Thank You!


In honor of Russell Bunting - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Alexandria, MN (Submitted August 27, 2008 by Rodney Bunting)

My Brother


In honor of PFC Wayne Burlingame, US Army - Served in the European Conflict

Hometown: St. Paul, MN (Submitted August 28, 2008 by Sandy Horner)

Served as Military Police and Patrol. Stationed in Gorezia and Trieste on the Adriatic Sea. Was on Morgan Line which was disputed by Italy and Yugoslavia.


In honor of Robert Burns, US Army - Served in World War II - in the Army Air Corps

Hometown: born in Winona, MN (Submitted September 25, 2008 by N. Jeanne Burns)

My father, who died in early 2004, served the United States for four years during WWII: two years stateside and the final two in the Pacific arena, in the Army Air Corps. He was proud of his service to the country, and a proud Democrat. My father took me to vote when he did, back when it was a curtained machine where you pulled levers to make your selection. I remember him holding me up and telling me which levers to pull and he let me pull the final lever that registered his vote. These days, I'm an election judge and I think of my father every time I see someone bringing their child in to show them how to vote. And every time I vote, I think of my father.


In honor of Evan Busse, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Louisville (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Heather Saliba)

In honor of Evan William Busse, who spent his time defending our country on the U. S. S. Belleau Wood in the Pacific during World War II.


In honor of Leonard Bystrom, US Army - Served in World War I

Hometown: St. Croix Falls, WI (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Jim Bystrom)

My grandfather fought in WW1 in France. He never spoke of it to me, but I am very proud of him. He lived to the age of 96. He is my HERO.


In honor of Tech Sergeant David Cameron, Air Force - Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: Hibbing (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Scott Cameron)

My father. May he rest in Peace. He served his country with distinction and honor and instilled in me the same. He also taught me the importance of voting. Thanks Dad


In honor of Officer Marvin Campbell, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Brainerd (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Dick Bernard)

Marvin was my Dad's cousin and best man at Dad's wedding in 1937. He idolized Dad's kid brother, my uncle Frank, who joined the Navy in 1935 and served his entire tour on the USS Arizona, dying at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. Marvin, a ND farm boy, entered the Army about 1940 and became a commissioned officer, serving in the Pacific, ending the war as part of the provisional government in a prefecture of Japan. He and many others in my family, both veteran and civilian, symbolized the best of service to their country and community, working for a better world. For much of the latter part of his life he was a banker, once President of MN Banker's Association and always first-rate public citizen in ND and then in Crookston. He passed away in Brainerd MN.


In honor of Master Sergeant Donald Carlson, Air Force - Served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam

Hometown: Windom, Minnesota (Submitted October 21, 2008 by Becky Schultze)

My father is a three-war veteran, serving over 20 years, seven in foreign duty. I believe the military has helped mold him into the man he is today. He holds his family, church and community close to his heart. He believes America is a wealthy country and offers many opportunities, not just monetary gain. He has lived through the great depression and knows heartache and loss, but this experience made him stronger. He lives with dignity, respect and honor. My father is a wise man with strong values and does not force his beliefs on others. Veterans are the backbone of America and too many take their freedom for granted. I am proud that my dad is just a small thread of what makes America strong.


In honor of Corporal Kenneth Carpenter, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Bellingham, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Kat Benjamin)

This tribute is to my father and all other veterans of WW II. May God bless all of them. Thank you for risking your life to preserve my freedoms. You are not forgotten.


In honor of Mark Carriere, Army - Served in World War II (North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy Beach)

Hometown: Red Lake Falls (Submitted November 4, 2008 by LeRoy Carriere)

My father served in Patton's third Army for the duration of World War II. After being wounded a second time he drove an ambulance carrying his wounded comrades to aid. He never sought any special tribute for all those years he gave for his country. He died in the presence of his family in 1975.


In honor of John Catherson

(Submitted September 3, 2008 by David Catherson)

My Dad is a great man who, after serving our country, served and is serving his family and his community. - GO DAD


In honor of Corporal David Chapa, US Army, - Served in World War II

Hometown: Sandia, Texas (Submitted September 29, 2008 by Mary Chapa)

Born in Sandia, Texas November 2, 1916, Corporal David Nunez Chapa, 200th Coast Artillery 1st Battalion A Battery was a patriot who was proud to serve his country. He had a big heart and a generous spirit. He served with others from the New Mexico area and was shipped to the Philippine Islands and Clark Air Force base leaving the US on September 8, 1941. Clark Air Force Base was attacked the day after Pearl Harbor and my Dad’s unit was responsible for covering the retreat of the Northern Luzon Force into Bataan. As the war situation deteriorated his regiment surrendered to the Japanese and he survived the atrocities of the 65-mile “Death March” to be held prisoner for over 3 years. David was never bitter but believed we all “had a job to do” and held strong values about exercising our right to vote. As he told us often “I didn’t go over there for nothing. ” He believed he served so that we could live in a free country and especially so that we could get out and vote. My father moved to Minnesota after the war, married and raised his 5 children and grandchildren. He died suddenly on September 16, 2008 but his sense of humor, love of family and generous spirit will live on. We will wear our button honoring him and the right to vote with pride.


In honor of Leland Christensen, Marine Corps - Served in Korea

Hometown: Brainerd (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Brandon DeCent)

Thank you, Grandfather, though you are no longer here, for honoring our country and for putting country before self. The world is a lesser place without you. And thanks to all armed service men and women, as it goes too often without being said.


In honor of Leslie Christensen, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Duluth (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jeanette Christensen Martimo)

Thanks Dad, for doing all that you did to make it possible for me to enjoy the freedoms that I now enjoy. Although we may have to work a little to get back some that have slipped away of late. You left a young wife, a newborn son and went to fulfill your duty for all of us yet to come. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


In honor of Warren Claypool, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Puposky MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Michael Claypool)

This tribute is to my father who served in the US ARMY AIR CORPS during WWII. He had flown many bombing missions over Germany while stationed in England until he was shot down and held prisoner of war for over a year in a German prisoner of war camp. As one of his three sons and many grandchildren who have served and are serving, I'm proud to say I do Vote and always will Vote In honor of my Dad, Brothers, Nieces & Nephews who have served and are serving this great Nation. . .


In honor of T/Sgt Richard Cone, US Army - Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted August 29, 2008 by Thomas Cone)

Dick graduated from Central HS in St. Paul and immediately entered service during WWII. He served as a mortar squad leader landing in France on D-Day+1 and went all the way to Germany. He was awarded the Bronze star and three purple hearts. After his active duty was completed, he joined the Air Force reserve and was again called to active duty during the Korean Conflict, during which period he served in several flight support positions. After Korea, Dick was discharged and completed college at Macalester in St. Paul. He spent 27 years in contract administration with Honeywell working on both Space contracts and large defense contracts. Deceased in 2002 and buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.


In honor of Thomas Corne, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Blackduck, MN (Submitted August 12, 2008 by Bonita Harvieux)

My Uncle Tom always impressed me as someone filled with pride for serving his country. As a child growing up I looked forward to those times he was home on leave so I could hear about the country of Vietnam and see the interesting items he brought home as gifts. As time went on and I grew older my time with Uncle Tom became less and less, especially since he moved to Washington State. In 1995 at a family reunion we were together after almost 15 years. He was still very proud of his country and his service to the people of the US. However, he beat me for the championship trophy in horseshoes. I asked him where he learned to play so well and he said in the service they would play horseshoes to pass the time and forget about the chaos around them for a brief period of time. I never forgave him for beating me but will always be proud of him and honored by what he did.


In honor of Ken Covington, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Crystal (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Rebecca Covington)

My vote honors my grandfather, Ken Covington, who served as a bombardier in the European theater during WWII.


In honor of Bobbe Cox, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Detroit Lakes, MN (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Kay Hartness)

Bobbe is my brother. He was career army and when this war came along he felt it was his duty to go. There was no hero's welcome return, but he now rides with the Patriot Guard to insure others of a welcome home, dead or alive.


In honor of Alan Cross

Hometown: Foley (Submitted August 21, 2008 by Bob Cross)

Narrative as told by Alan Cross: We had delivered a new blimp from NAS Lakehurst to the operating squadron at NAS Glynco, GA. It was planned that our crew would be flown back to Lakehurst in a day or two by heavier-than-air craft. After a full day of sitting around, our captain called us together and told us we'd been ordered to ferry an old blimp back to Lakehurst for teardown. He was very upset and gave us our liberty cards, telling us whatever we did that night in town was all right with him. We later learned he'd argued all day against flying this old ship. We went to the closest beer hall and tried to drink as much beer as we could. About the time we were full we met a chief petty officer that, when told we were the crew ferrying the old ship the next day, took us in his car to his own secret bar. Somewhat after closing time he dumped us back at the base bunk room. We were rousted out for flight well before daylight. On the East coast the hours around dawn are usually the quietest and safest for blimp launches. When we saw the ship in the hangar we collectively gasped. I had never seen such a decrepit flying machine in my life. Paint was missing from the car and there was an emergency landing wheel rigged to the bottom of the car with nylon strapping. One propeller was different. We quickly learned that the ship had made a bad carrier landing some weeks previously and tore the landing gear off while wiping out a prop on the carrier's flight deck. The destroyed prop had been replaced by a WWII vintage fixed pitch prop salvaged from a junked transport plane and that the bag or envelope was two years overage for legal flight. A blimp's bag is made of multiple plies of rubberized fabric and is supposed to be taken out of service after a certain number of months of inflation, all adjusted and governed by the amount of sunlight it received while in service. The ship was underinflated to reduce the strain on the fabric and we were warned to not exceed 50 knots airspeed. Blimps of that type were normally limited to 65 knots airspeed redline. We and our chow box were placed on the ship and the entire base ground crew maneuvered us out of the hangar by hand. We started our engines and were airborne. We had no sooner got airborne than we shut down the engine that had the improper prop. The makeshift prop was causing severe engine vibration. We then established a course for Lakehurst and about 9:00 AM the pilot got on the intercom and asked our rigger to check the food box. He said, "Lets see if those bastards sent us off on this mission with nothing but crackers and water too. " The rigger soon called back and said that the food box was filled with bread, onions, butter and steaks. The pilot said, "Lets just have a steak smothered in onions on bread for a starter. " The navigator and the co-pilot were too hungover to want to eat so the rigger and I had the second and third steaks. As a matter of fact there were enough steaks that we ate them all the way to Lakehurst, fried in butter and smothered in onions fried in butter. We encountered some head winds while moving up the coast and with our airspeed limit of 50 knots occasionally could only make good about 15-20 knots ground speed. We arrived at Lakehurst in a dead calm about 9:00 PM and carefully made a long straight-in approach. The ship was rolled into the tear-down hanger and secured and we went home for some well-earned rest. During that same night, the ship's bag split lengthwise and the car crashed to the hanger floor. Our luck had carried us just far enough. Blimps have gone down with huge rips in them and with the bag full of machine gun holes and always sank slowly enough to save the crew but none had ever split full length before.


In honor of James Crossley, US Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted August 22, 2008 by Colleen Crossley)

Dad: Thanks to you and so many others for your sacrifices. May this election season mark a renewal of our collective commitment to democracy, and to taking the necessary steps to protect it.


In honor of Andrew Crow, Army - Serving in Afghanistan

Hometown: International Falls (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Cindy Baron)

I am voting to honor Andrew Crow and all of the other men and women who have served for our rights as U. S. Citizens.


In honor of DGT George Culleton, Army - Served in Operation Iraq Freedom 2006-2007

Hometown: Roseau, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Jamie Culleton)

So many men and woman before you have fought and served our GREAT Country. You protected the freedom of our family. You're our hero. To all who have served, Thank you for my freedom. Thank You for keeping me safe!I will vote for to keep the freedoms you have fought for safe!


In honor of Harold Culp, US Navy - Served in World War II

(Submitted September 15, 2008 by Angela Langevin)

Thank you to the grandfather I never got to know!


In honor of Richard Dahlheimer, US Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Rogers, MN (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Lynda Schmidt)

On the fateful morning of December 7th, Richard was up early writing a letter to my mother, who was only a child then. He made the mail call, the letter was on its way. But Richard never left his ship. Today he rests on the USS Arizona. I hope to someday visit the memorial to say "Thank you" to him. My mother still treasures the letter she received from him.


In honor of Francis Daly, Army - Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Robert Borkovec)

I am honoring my Grandfather, Frank Daly, who fought overseas the tyranny of evil so the rest of us can live the good life here in the United States. I am also grateful for the young men and women who have bravely defended our country, both before and after his service. I am proud to be an American. Thank You.


In honor of TSgt Jason Daniels, Air Force Reserve

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Julie Bannon)

I am proud of my niece's husband, Jason, for serving these past 10+ yrs and I pray a safe return to his family.


In honor of Lester Davis Sr., Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Lake Crystal, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lester & Joanne Davis)

Dad, thank you for serving our country during this time of need. You will always be remembered for your thoughtfulness and kindness and are dearly missed by all who knew you.


In honor of David Day, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Morris (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Bob Dalager)

David grew up with my kids in my neighborhood. He died with two others (Jesse Lhotka and Jason Timmerman) - all from Charlie Company on February 21, 2005. I think of him every day when I go to work, because his folks have a memorial U. S. flag in his honor in their front yard. There is no acceptable excuse to not vote, when men like David gave his life for our country.


In honor of Sgt Germaine Debro, Army National Guard - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom III & IV

Hometown: Omaba, NE (Submitted October 8, 2008 by N. G.)

Sgt. Germaine L. Debro, 33 of Omaha. Nebraska, died in Balad, Iraq of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard 1st Squadron, 167th Cavalry Regiment from Fremont, Nebraska. I never had the chance to meet Sgt. Debro but I know who he is through his death. His platoon ran convoys with us in Iraq. His convoy was hit by an IED just ahead of ours that night. There is a lot more I would like to say but it’s too hard to put into words. Only a fellow veteran would understand.


In honor of Roland Dedina, US Army - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Cotton, MN (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Doris Dedina)

I honor my husband, Roland, who served in the Korean War and was in the Army. He was always so proud to serve his country and although he didn't get overseas, he did a great service in this country. Being in the Army was a very big part of his life. He just passed away on Sept. 15. 2008 and was given full military rites at his service. Thanks to him and all the other men who are serving or have served for all they have done to preserve our freedom.


In honor of Ferdinand Dehetre, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Redwood Falls, MN (Submitted October 21, 2008 by Jenni Lange)

In honor of the world's strongest and bravest man I've ever known. Love your only granddaughter, Jenni


In honor of YN1 Donald DeLuney, Coast Guard

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jim & Diane Kleinfelder)

Though he has not been in a war, Donald has proudly served his country for 18 years. Raising a family while serving your country is not easy, and we are proud that he has made the Coast Guard his career.


In honor of Roscoe De Young, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Stewartville Township (Submitted August 22, 2008 by Gary De Young)

My grandfather had a chance to be a mechanic for the Enola Gay. But, an injury to his finger sent him to India. He was a Leader at his Masonic Lodge and the best Father/Grandfather anyone could have had. R. I. P.


In honor of Sergeant Hugh Dickinson, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Mounds View, MN (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Andy Fiedler)

Hugh Dickinson served in WWII. Never talked much about it. It wasn't until a couple years after his death that the family found out about the extent of his service and medals he had earned. Like most of his generation, he served gallantly and wanted no special treatment for it. We all love and miss you Grandpa. Thank you for my FREEDOM!! Love Andy


In honor of Gene Dixon, Army - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Mora, Minnesota (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Diane Eagon)

We're proud of you. Dad. With love and gratitude. Your Daughters


In honor of Private First Class Robert Dixon, Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Tony Taylor)

In honor of your service, and your great sacrifice.


In honor of Captain Mathew Doerr, Army - Served in GWOT, Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Mitchell (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Sean Mattox)

Captain Doerr is my brother-in-law and we are proud of his continued service.


In honor of Kenneth Donaghue, Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Bemidji (Submitted August 18, 2009 by Becky Murphy)

Ken has been an outstanding Veteran. He has served in the Patriot Guard which is a motorcycle group that provides escorts to Minnesota fallen soldiers for burial. He has worked to raise money for calling cards and other items for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. When the Vietnam War Memorial Wall has been displayed in Minnesota he is there to escort and participates at those events. When it was here in Bemidji he was there and consoled me at the loss of my brother in Vietnam besides dealing with his own emotions that day. He provided veterans rides to vet hospitals. He is still serving his country and other veterans every day.


In honor of Emil Dorf, Air Force - Served in Korean Conflict

Hometown: Monticello, MN (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Robin Dorf)

I am honoring my father, Emil W. Dorf Jr., for his service in the Korean Conflict. I am very proud that he served our country and I feel honored to be able to vote In honor of him.


In honor of Senior Master Sergeant Donald Dorr, Air Force - Served in World War II, Cold War

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Catherine Dorr)

My father, Senior Master Sergeant Donald J. Dorr, served honorably for a 20 year career in the US Air Force during all of WWII, Korea & the "Cold War". My dad was just an ordinary hard-working guy who dedicated his life to first serving his country, then providing for his family, being the neighborhood "handy-helper," and enjoying his favorite pastime of fishing for "lunkers.” Although he was reluctant to talk about his experiences in the South Pacific during WWII, he often talked about the freedoms & obligations we have as Americans. He valued the freedoms we enjoy-of speech & dissent, of the press, of religion, and to choose the school for his child. He also understood the obligations we have - of charity to the less fortunate, being a good neighbor, staying informed on current events & voting in elections. He knew the high cost of our American values & democracy. His military service was his way of preserving these for future generations. I miss him every day since his death in 1986. He has earned his reward in heaven & rests in the good Minnesota earth at Ft. Snelling cemetery. I have come to realize how upright & wise a person he was and how lucky I was to have him for my father. Thanks, Dad for keeping the light of freedom burning for me. In your honor I have voted my (absentee) ballot this year. Your daughter, Catherine Dorr.


In honor of Lance Dorschner, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Marshall, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Emily Weidauer)

I dedicate my vote to Lance Dorschner, a veteran of the war in Iraq. He has given me new insight and made me feel even more proud to call the greatest country in the world, the United States of America, home. I have learned so much from him and am grateful for his service and sacrifice. Because of him and all the men and women serving our great nation we are the land of the free and the home of the brave!


In honor of Lance Dorschner - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Marshall (Submitted April 4, 2009 by Shane Dorschner)

I love you Lance. Hi Emily.


In honor of PFC Douglas Dustin, Marine Corps - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Joyce Dustin Jacobson)

My uncle Doug, my dad's little brother, was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was seriously wounded while fighting near Chosin Reservoir, North Korea on May 12. 1950 and died of those wounds in a hospital in Japan on December 5. 1950, at the very young age of 18. I am proud to vote In honor of the life he was unable to complete, due to his extreme sacrifice.


In honor of Douglas Dustin, Merchant Marines - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted May 26, 2009 by Nancy Kay Dustin-McDonald)

2009 Veterans Day; I'm now 50 years old & know so many family members who have chose (or been drafted) to PROUDLY serve our country. But the Uncle I never got to meet (also the brother my Dad & Grandma & Aunt lost) Douglas Dustin gave his life at the tender age of 18. I think often of how my Grandma, Dad & Aunt must have suffered & what my entire family had to miss knowing the only brother of our Daddy! As I've learned much more of this horrific war; I'm so proud of my Dad, Brother, Son-in-Law & all men who have given their lives: (But Uncle Doug; your niece Nancy who is 50 now, will meet you some day & my Dad (Glenn Dustin, Marines & my only brother, also Glenn Douglas Dustin, Army). I sob today reading of the Korean War. I know Douglas, Dustin & both Glenn Dustin's are the hero's in my life! I'm so very proud of my only son-in-law Anthony Good, Army MN, Iraq. My vote's In honor of Douglas Dustin.


In honor of Builder First Class Jeffrey T. Dwyer, Navy - Served in Iraq Enduring Freedom

Hometown: Coon Rapids (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Thomas J. Dwyer)

Builder First Class Jeffrey T. Dwyer is a 16 1/2 year veteran of the United States Navy Seabees. He has served all over the world with deployments in Spain, Guam, Italy, Iraq as well as Michigan and Minnesota. His was the first group into Iraq on March 19, 2003 upon the commencement of the War. He returned to Gulfport, Mississippi in May 2003 his home base. He is scheduled for deployment once again in February 2009. He is married to his wife Elizabeth and they have three children Mackenzie, Maureen and Darby


In honor of Allan Eckley - Served in World War II

Hometown: Fergus Falls, MN (Submitted August 20, 2010 by Richard Asleson, a nephew)

Allan Eckley was a member of the "greatest generation" and served in the Pacific in World War II. He fought for all of us in horrific battles on both Saipan and Okinawa. He was wounded in both places but very seriously in Okinawa in 1945 and spent years recuperating. As a result of that injury, he endured severe physical disability for the rest of his life. Through it all, however, he never lost his positive attitude, his great spirit, or his sense of humor. In fact, those traits had much to do with the fact that he survived at all. We all owe Allen and all the others who served in that war a debt of gratitude for what they did. Except for them, our lives would not be anywhere near what they are today and we owe them all the thanks. Allan has just left us and leaves behind a wife, adult children, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


In honor of Earl Edwards, Army - Served in World War II and Korean War

Hometown: Wolverton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kristi Edwards)

My dad served in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. He remained in Europe for a year after the war ended assisting with the rebuilding effort and returned to Wolverton to work for the elevator. He was called to active duty during the Korean War. He returned again to Wolverton after the war ended and married and raised a family. I am very proud to be the daughter of a hero from the Greatest Generation.


In honor of Leroy Edwards, Marine Corps - Served in World War II (Pacific Theater)

Hometown: Wolverton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kristi Edwards)

Roy is the eldest of 5 Edwards brothers (Orville, Earl, Teddy and Lloyd) who all served overseas during WWI. Roy suffered a bout of malaria and also lost part of a finger during the war. He is 90 years old.


In honor of Lloyd Edwards, Army - Served in World War II (Pacific Theater)

Hometown: Wolverton Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kristi Edwards)

One of five Edwards' sons (Roy, Orville, Earl and Teddy) to serve overseas during WWII. Lloyd served in Europe during WWII. Upon returning home he made his home along with his wife Lee,in Grand Forks, ND.


In honor of Orville Edwards, Army - Served in World War II (Pacific Theater)

Hometown: Wolverton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kristi Edwards)

One of 5 Edwards' sons (Roy, Earl, Teddy and Lloyd) to serve overseas during WWII. Orville served in Iran during part of his service where it is rumored that he rode a camel! After the war he returned to the Wolverton area where he farmed and raised a family of five.


In honor of Teddy Edwards, Army Reserve - Served in World War II (Pacific Theater)

Hometown: Wolverton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kristi Edwards)

One of 5 Edwards' sons (Roy, Earl, Orville and Lloyd) to serve overseas during WWII. Teddy returned home after the war and was killed in a car accident in the late 1950's.


In honor of PVT William Eggert, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Kasson (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Scott Eggert)

Thank you for our Freedom.


In honor of Staff Sergeant Alvin "Bud" Ekstrand, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Welcome MN (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Elizabeth (Ekstrand) Boettcher)

My Dad, Alvin "Bud" Ekstrand, passed away on September 18, 2008. My vote this year is In honor of my father, who was so proud of his service to America during World War II. He served in the South Pacific in the Medical Corps attached to an artillery unit of the 25th Infantry Division.


In honor of Alvin Elke, Army- Served in Korea

Hometown: Jordan (Submitted January 16, 2010 by Dan Elke)

Alvin was my Uncle. I did not get to know him due to circumstances beyond control. Alvin left High School early to serve in Korea. He was shot multiple times and received the Purple Heart. While recovering he was diagnosed with cancer and ended up coming back home where he finished High School and eventually succumbed to the effects of the cancer. I see pictures of him and some friends in Korea and have heard stories of their courage and selflessness. They were all truly heroes, worth our admiration and deserving of our gratitude.


In honor of Alvin Elke, US Army

Hometown: (Submitted March 2, 2010 by Dan Elke)

Alvin was my Uncle. I did not get to know him due to circumstances beyond control. Alvin left High School early to serve in Korea. He was shot multiple times and received the Purple Heart. While recovering he was diagnosed with cancer and ended up coming back home where he finished High School and eventually succumbed to the effects of the cancer. I see pictures of him and some friends in Korea and have heard stories of their courage and selflessness. They were all truly heroes, worth our admiration and deserving of our gratitude.


In honor of Officer Lynn Elling, US Navy - Served in World War II and the Korean War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Dick Bernard)

Lynn Elling was a young LST officer in the Pacific in WWII and witnessed the results of war at close range at places like Tarawa. In 1954, while at a conference in Hiroshima, he visited the memorial to the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and it changed his life forever. While retaining great and deserved pride in his service, his passion to this day has been towards peace and understanding amongst all people. His signal accomplishment is memorialized in a bi-partisan declaration of world citizenship signed by a who's who of political leaders in 1971. Lynn and Donna, his spouse of 65 years, live in Minneapolis.


In honor of Captain Charles Engle, Air Force - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Carlos (Submitted May 18, 2009 by Dodie Preston)

Among our best and brightest, Chuck left with the song still in him. For the past thirty-eight years we have missed his smile, his caring and his truth. Time may begin to heal wounds but it does not diminish the love. Dodie


In honor of LeRoy Ennis, US Navy - Served in World War II

(Submitted September 15, 2008 by Kathy Hjelm)

I would like to honor my father LeRoy Ennis. My father decided to leave school while in the 11th grade at the age of 17 and enlist in the Navy. In 1945 my father began a 7 year stint with the Navy. He was primarily stationed in Japan & China. My father was tasked with sweeping mines and at one point was stationed on a destroyer escort boat. After my father completed 3 years with the Navy he returned to high school and completed his senior year at the age of 21. After receiving his diploma he returned to the Navy for 4 more years. Another task my father performed while in the Navy was court reporting. At the end of his years of service he came back to California and helped discharge many others from the Navy as well as himself. My father also spoke of a layover in Hawaii in a troop ship outside of Pearl Harbor before it was hit. After my father's years of service he went to Mankato State University on the GI Bill and received a degree in Business and went onto be a hardware buyer for 35 years with FOK (Farewell Ozmun. Kirk & Co.) My father is very proud of his years of service to his country and also very proud of his 4 brothers and oldest son who served in the military.


In honor of Don Enstad, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Walnut Grove, MN (Submitted September 7, 2009 by Carolyn Enstad)

I am honoring my husband of 33 years. He is very dedicated veteran who proudly displays our country's flag each and every day. He is involved in our local VFW post where he has helped with many activities and held various offices. He has often shared how proud he is to have served our country during the Vietnam War.


In honor of John Erbes, Marine Corps - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Tracy, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Bill Roemer)

The nicest guy. A good kid.


In honor of Kenneth Erickson

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Amanda Patshkowski)

My grandpa passed away a few years ago, but his memory will live on through each of his grandchildren. He was a strong serviceman, farmer and Democrat. He was the best grandfather, father, and husband anyone could ask for! I would like to dedicate my vote to his memory!


In honor of Sergeant Edward Erzar, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Ely, MN (Submitted September 5, 2008 by Bill Erzar)

This is a tribute to my Uncle Ed who served in the U. S. Army's 4th Armored Division in Europe in WWII and became a career soldier after WWII and later served in Korea and Vietnam.


In honor of AD3 Frank Paul Erzar, III, US Navy - Served in the Korean Conflict

Hometown: Ely (Submitted November 5, 2008 by Bill Erzar)

A tribute to my Cousin.


In honor of Cpl Louis J. Erzar, US Army - Served in World War II - 802 Engineering Aviation Battalion

Hometown: Ely (Submitted November 5, 2008 by Bill Erzar)

A tribute to my uncle who also had two brothers Edward J. and William J. serving in WW II.


In honor of Sergeant William J. Erzar, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Ely, MN (Submitted September 5, 2008 by Bill Erzar)

This is a tribute to my father, who entered the service in August 1943 after graduating from Ely HS. He served in the Army Air Force in Europe, Deenethorpe AB, England as a bottom turret gunner on a B-17 in the 401st BG, 614th Sq.


In honor of Sergeant William M. Erzar, Air Force - Served during the Vietnam Era

Hometown: Ely, MN (Submitted September 5, 2008 by Bill Erzar)

William served in USAF Communications Squadrons as a Teletype/Crypto/NavAids Maintenance Technician in the lower 48 States and on the DEW Line in Alaska.


In honor of Eugene Fahey, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Fergus Falls (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Jeanne Blake)

My dad served in World War II. Five years ago, my mother passed away and my dad began to volunteer at the Veteran's Home in Fergus Falls. He "works" half time at the home, even though he is 81 years old. He's giving his life and his heart to our veterans. Last year he was nominated for a Jefferson Award. May we all honor our veterans as much as my dad does.


In honor of Seaman First Class Lenore Simmons Farr, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Sandi Cary)

My Mom, Loni, served proudly in the US Navy during WW II. She was always very proud of her service to our country and I have always been proud of her. I grew up learning song like "The Navy Hymn" and others from her. If my mom were still with us, she would proudly vote as I am for Barack Obama!


In honor of Michael Fasnacht, US Army - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Janesville, MN (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Nancy Flitter)

Some gave all!! Thanks is not enough!


In honor of John Faughender, Air Force - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Paula Faughender)

I'm voting this year In honor of my Dad. He taught us to vote for the person, not the party. And, he would have been thrilled to see the Democratic candidate for President this year - a black man running for President was Dad's goal for our country, and true equal rights for all of us, even though he was a white guy from South Dakota. He would say "I won't see it in my lifetime, but hopefully you'll see it in yours". So Dad, this year I'm voting for the candidate of your dreams. I love you. Paula


In honor of Specialist Shane Flodeen, Army National Guard, Serving in GWAT

Hometown: Cannon Falls (Submitted October 1, 2008 by Sue Maher)

I am so proud of my son, Shane Flodeen, seeing him support his country and do what he believes in. It has definitely been a life experience that will never be forgotten. But it gives me honor to watch him grow as a man and as a soldier.


In honor of Specialist Stephen Flodeen, Army National Guard - Serving in GWAT

Hometown: Cannon Falls (Submitted October 1, 2008 by Sue Ellen Maher)

I want to thank my son, Stephen Flodeen, for all that he has done for his country. I congratulate him for the accomplishments that he has made. He has definitely accumulated a lot of life's lessons here!


In honor of Alton Flynn, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Coon Rapids (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Stan Graf)

Uncle Al . . . thanks for your service, friendship and advice. You are missed.


In honor of John Flynn, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: Chicago (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Larke Flynn-Lippert)

I wish to honor my Father, John Francis Joseph Flynn, and his service during World War II as a member of the U. S. Marine Corps. He was wounded on Guam and awarded a Purple Heart. As did so many, he suffered in some ways for the rest of his life as a consequence of the War. But he never complained and remained convinced that he had done the right thing in securing peace and security for others, at home and abroad.


In honor of Dale Forsman, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: Ely (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Brandy Forsman)

When I wonder if I should hurry to make it to the polls on Tuesday, I will think of my grandfather, Dale Forsman. If he could land on Iwo Jima and dare to take each step across that beach, I can do the much easier job of voting well. How hard is reading about candidates and stopping by the polling place compared to his service? I want to know that I have chosen smart, caring people who will think hard about when and where they send our service members.


In honor of E7 Justin Fuchs, Air Force - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Lake City (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Barb Simon)

Justin is a fine young man who came back from an 8 month tour in Iraq and has been a stable support in helping our family through a personal crisis. The Air Force not only trained Justin and his comrades to be good soldiers, but they educated them on how to help others who are victims of crimes. Justin supported our family in doing the tough work of confronting injustice and helped by giving ongoing positive support and advice.


In honor of Robert Gabrielson, Navy - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Hibbing (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Sarah Gabrielson)

My dad, who served in Vietnam, never let me forget my responsibility to vote. I now vote to honor his service to our country and to make sure that my kids have the freedom that he fought for.


In honor of Israel Garcia

Hometown: Long Beach California (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Wendy Lynn)

Israel, I will never forget. Killed when his outpost was overrun in Afghanistan. 24 years old. Too young.


In honor of Sgt Matthew Garvey, Marine Corps - Served during the World Trade Center Casualty

Hometown: NY (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Bruce Quimby)

Sgt. Garvey was a respected member of B company, 7th command, MCHS HI. I was proud to have served with and honored to have known him, sad he is not with us but proud of his efforts in the fight on terrorism as I'm sure his family and everyone who knew him is. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!!! OOHRAH AND SEMPER FI


In honor of Walter Gaschott, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Whitestone, New York (Submitted August 21, 2008 by Nancy Gaschott)

My dad served during World War II with the Army's "Big Red One.”Although he rarely talked about his service, our summer vacations were spent exclusively visiting one army buddy or other throughout the northeast. They fought in North Africa and Italy before preparing in England for the D-Day invasion. My dad's unit landed at Omaha Beach at 6:30 on the morning of D-Day. He remembered taking cover behind sand dunes and later how difficult the hedgerows of Normandy were to navigate around. He spent the last phases of the war in Belgium and finally Czechoslovakia. When he came home he married a neighborhood girl who had loved him since they were children and settled into factory work, fishing on weekends and raising a family -- a kind, generous, gentle man: my hero.


In honor of Sergeant John Gathje, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Wayne, NE (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jon Gathje)

My grandpa.


In honor of Dick Gelbmann, US Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted August 11, 2008 by Jim Gelbmann)

On Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941, Dick Gelbmann and his high school friends were playing cards when they heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although only 17-years-old, these young men decided that they would drop out of school and enlist in the Army the following morning. With his Grandparent's permission (his legal guardians), Dick arrived at the Army offices in St. Paul early Monday morning. Dick eventually was sent to Europe to fight under the command of General Patton. Although he saw significant combat during the Battle of the Bulge and was holed up for weeks at a time in fox holes on the front lines, Dick rarely talked about his combat experiences. Instead he focused on the more humane experiences, such as the ride across the Atlantic in a captured Italian freighter - where each man was allowed to spend only 15 minutes each day on deck breathing fresh air. He raved about the quality of the Army food - one of the few soldiers who actually liked the food. And he spoke about the ride back to the states on the Queen Mary after Germany surrendered. It was only after my dad's death in 2003 that I discovered his Army medals - including a bronze star, awarded to soldiers who distinguished themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service. My dad answered the call to service, but was one of many soldiers who opted to not share the horrific experiences of war with his family.


In honor of Matthew Giersdorf, US Army - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Moose Lake (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Carla Giersdorf)

My son, Matthew, served in Iraq for 15 months as a field medic. He returned home in June, 2008. It was at that time that we realized the stress we had been under. Many people said "you must be so happy". . . however, it was not happy that we were feeling, but instead relieved. Not happy, because other parents still have sons and daughters there. We are so very proud and honored that our son chose to serve our country! We want to thank ALL veterans from ALL wars. . . Thank You! God Bless our Country and our Freedom!


In honor of Sgt George Griffin, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted September 29, 2008 by Mary Hamilton)

George was 31, married with 2 children when he was drafted. He served with pride and when he came home, and for the rest of his life, he was a proud American and always had a flag raised high in the front yard.


In honor of Travis Grimm, Marine Corps

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Peg Chemberlin)

As Travis gets ready for his third tour of duty in Iraq we will vote, in order that democracy is never taken for granted and we will vote that this soldier's service is also not taken for granted.


In honor of TSgt. Ronald Gunderson, Air Force - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Winona (Submitted March 1, 2010 by George Gunderson)

To a man whom has paid a heavy price for his country. Who has done his best to keep his health intact due to the after-effects of Agent Orange. As a fellow vet we deal with PTSD the best we can.


In honor of Navy Lieutenant Gary Gustavson, Navy - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Olivia, Minnesota (Submitted October 20, 2008 by J. Walker)

Gary served in the Navy Mobile Riverine forces in Vietnam for two years. He served with honor and distinction as an officer and holds that time with his friends there very dear. He and all service people who defended our country when called upon deserve our gratitude and praise. It was especially difficult for all those who served in Vietnam because there was no welcome when they got home. They came home to a nation that had not only turned against the war, but the men who were sent to fight it. They were treated with disdain and for that alone we need to honor all our Vietnam veterans. Gary is a great Minnesotan, and a great man.


In honor of Staff Sergeant Vernon Haben, Air Force - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Circle Pines, MN (Submitted October 3, 2008 by James Haben)

Vernon Haben was a proud American. He believed in serving his country and giving back to those who gave so much to him. He believed in family first and was a very caring and strong man. He believed that every person deserved a good life and he gave his life based on these beliefs. He is loved and cherished by his wife, Marlys and his children, Michelle, James, Tim and Rita. He is greatly missed and for this we honor him during this election.


In honor of E5 Jeremy Hadfield, US Navy

Hometown: Monticello, MN (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Nick Hadfield)

Jeremy, you enrolled in the Navy for the difficult duty of defending our country during the past several years. You are honorable beyond words and our family and country pay tribute to you.


In honor of Staff Sergeant Chris Hagen Jr, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Fairmont, MN (Submitted September 29, 2008 by Suzanne Orcutt)

My dad served in the Army from 1941-1945. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, Eniwetok, Saipan, and the Marshall Islands. He received the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions that helped save his fellow soldiers during WWII.


In honor of SSG Ryan Hallberg, US Army -Served in Iraq

Hometown: Andover (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Cheryl Berg)

Ryan Hallberg was deployed to Iraq in 2005. His job was to provide communications within the "Green Zone", however, when he heard of a fellow soldier who had a wife and two children back home and whose job was to be running convoy missions, he volunteered to take that soldier's place so that his fellow soldier had a better chance at returning home unharmed. As a result of his choice, Ryan was hit by an IED and lost a leg. He is truly an American hero.


In honor of Jarrett Halverson, US Army - Serving in Iraq

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Carol Just)

Dearest Jarrett. I know you are training Iraqi police north of Fallujia. I'm so proud of you, and worried too. With pride I wear my button that says I'm voting In honor of a veteran. Be safe, my dear one. Love. Aunt Carol


In honor of SPC Sarah Hangaard, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Elk River (Submitted October 1, 2008 by Mike Hangaard)

Sarah served in Iraq for 22 months in 2006-7. She did it without complaint and the Red Bulls accomplished much in getting Iraq's infrastructure back in place. She's headed back this next year to again help the Iraqi people. Well Done!


In honor of Tech Sergeant Phillip Hanger, Air Force - Served in Desert Storm

Hometown: Glendale (Submitted November 1, 2009 by Mary Hanger)

Although Phillip was stationed in Alamogordo, New Mexico at Holloman AFB, he and his squadron supported the war through their technical skills and knowledge. They were on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to support their mission. My husband and every other serviceman's commitment to that war was as valuable as those who were on the front line. My husband volunteered three times to go to Iraq but due to a respiratory illness he was denied. My husband was ready to give up his life for his country and those that served in the United States Air Forces because he believed in freedom. Thank you for your time.


In honor of PFC Daniel Hanson, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Detroit Lakes (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Steve Hanson)

I couldn't be prouder of my son who chose to serve his Country by serving in the Armed Forces.


In honor of Captain Jim Hanson, Army National Guard - Served in Kosova

Hometown: Dodge Center (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Derek Skillman)

CAPTAIN HANSON HAS BEEN SERVING THIS GREAT NATION FOR ALMOST THREE DECADES. HE WAS MY TEAM COMMANDER IN KOSOVA AND IS A GREAT LEADER, FRIEND, AND PATRIOT. HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. HE HAS ALSO SERVED THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA THROUGH HIS WORK IN THE HEALTH FIELD IN ROCHESTER, MN. WE SALUTE YOU JIM HANSON FOR ALL THE FINE WORK YOU HAVE DONE OVER THE YEARS FOR THIS COUNTRY, AND YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK DEAR FRIEND!


In honor of Private First Class Erle Hardt, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Richfield, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Paul Hardt)

Erle was in a forward communication unit. He landed D-Day Plus 60. He followed the armies that worked their way through Northern Europe--leap frogging from village to village, as the infantry took town by town. He ended up in Copenhagen, Denmark in December, 1945.


In honor of Corporal Ross Hardt, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Richfield, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Paul Hardt)

Ross was a mechanic with the 1st Air Cav in Viet Nam. He died in a helicopter accident in 1970. He was riding in a helicopter that was flying out to fix a copter that had gone down. He was married and he had a son on the way. He loved baseball. As Ross' brother, I feel fortunate that I have been able to experience so much of life that Ross was not able to experience, such as voting in this election.


In honor of David F. Hart, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraqi War

Hometown: Crosslake, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Michelle Benzick)

I love you little brother. I thank you for your duties and the lord that you came home safe!!!


In honor of Samuel Hass, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Burnsville, MN (Submitted September 5, 2008 by Maria Olsen)

Thank you Sam for your dedication and sacrifice in serving your country. We think of you daily and pray for you safe return.


In honor of Christopher Haveri, US Army - Served in Desert Storm

(Submitted August 25, 2008 by Lester and Debra Haveri)

We would like to honor our son, Christopher Haveri. He was one of the very first 112 soldiers of the 82nd Airborne who were sent over to Iraq during Desert Storm. With God at his side, he did his duty and returned home safely.


In honor of Major Bill Hecker, US Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

(Submitted September 29, 2008 by Jack Scharrett)

Bill was an incredible person and leader. He was a classmate of mine in college and I had the privilege of getting to know him very well and spending great times with him, even though he was a Cardinals fan. After school, Bill went on to lead, mentor and inspire troops as a Field Artillery officer. While he grew as a professional, he grew as a family man increasing both his family at home with 3 children, but being ever more responsible to his professional family: the units he led. In January 2006, that all ended with an IED in Ramadi. Don't let his death be in vain. Let's win in Iraq and Afghanistan to honor those who have given their lives supporting those efforts.


In honor of Pfc Edward Herrgott, Army - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Shakopee, Minnesota (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Jessica Herrgott)

I wish to honor Army Pfc. Edward "Jim" Herrgott. Thank you to all who have, and continue to, protect and serve this great country.


In honor of Major Tad Hervas, Army National Guard - Served three tours in the Iraq War

Hometown: Coon Rapids (Submitted October 26, 2010 by Darrin Mason)

This tribute is to my friend, Major Hervas, whom I have known since my first year in college (31 years ago). He honorably served our nation in three Iraq tours, protecting our individual freedoms through his Air Force and MN Army National Guard careers. He loved the United States of America and serving our Country, thereby protecting the right to vote for each of us. Thanks Major Hervas!I will never forget. I cast my vote this year In honor of your service. As an additional tribute to Major Hervas, his childhood friend; LTC Paul Guelle, who honorably served in the United States Army for over 20 years. Thanks Major Hervas, for all you've done for our great nation. "


In honor of Electrician First Class, Vernon John Higgins, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Cloud (Submitted April 3, 2009 by Kathleen Sanchez)

I would like to pay tribute to my father, Vernon J. Higgins. Originally from Mitchell, South Dakota, he was one of the many farm boys who served during World War II. He did several years of duty in the Navy aboard an LSM in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. I always thought it ironic that a man who did not particularly care for water or like to swim would choose to be a sailor, surrounded by salty seas so different from his much-loved Dakota prairies. But I think that shows how he was able to overcome any fears and do what he thought was right. He cherishes the years he spent in the Navy. In his own quiet way he was proud of being able to help his family back home while honoring his commitment to the United States. He thought the world of his fellow shipmates and the ships’ commanding officers. My dad’s personal qualities and unassuming character -- ingenuity, patience, openness, natural intelligence and his dry, subtle wit – were much appreciated by all. And still are to this day. Dad, I love you so very much. Thank you for all you have done for our family.


In honor of Alex Hill, Marine Corps - Served 2 tours in Iraq

Hometown: Embarrass (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Sarah Snyder)

I am voting this year to honor my boyfriend, Alex. He served 2 tours of duty in Iraq and even now is thinking seriously about joining up yet again. Alex is a true veteran and I am very proud of him. Marines rule! I am also voting in memory of my brother Specialist Noah Pierce, Army. Noah served 2 tours in Iraq before taking his own life due to PSTD. Alex and Noah deserve this tribute as do ALL of our veterans.


In honor of Pvt. Henry Hiller, US Army - Served in the Civil War

Hometown: Waseca (Submitted November 11, 2008 by Karen Melser)

To honor my gr. grandfather who fought to save the Union.


In honor of Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Holden, Marine Corps - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Camp Pendleton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jessica McCandless)

I would like to honor my brother Aaron in my vote on Election Day. His service to each and every one of us will always be appreciated and respected. Thank you for all that you do Aaron.


In honor of Sergeant Jon Holden, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Clovis, CA (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jessica McCandless)

My vote on Election Day will be to honor my special little brother Jon. His spirit and love of country is to be recognized and appreciated. Thank you Jon for all that you sacrifice for each and every one of us.


In honor of Bryan Holte, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

(Submitted October 20, 2008 by Pat Holte)

Our loving tribute is to our son, brother, friend, and great Daddy Bryan, who bravely served in Iraq. Bryan does not take the freedoms we enjoy in our country for granted and is a living and loving example to us of the many brave men and women in our armed forces who serve valiantly. Our heartfelt thanks and love to you Bryan: Dad, Mom, Jenny, Kylah, Jon, Steve, Angela and Brittany


In honor of Earl Huber, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Saint Paul (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Natalie DeWitt)

I vote this year in memory of my grandfather. He left us just about a year ago, but has gone to a better place. A brave and honest man, who stood for his country, and his family, in any time of need. I love you Grandpa! -- Loved and remembered always!


In honor of James Huebsch, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Perham (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Jerome Huebsch)

I wish to honor my father, James Huebsch, who served in WWII in the South Pacific along with his brother, Joseph. Joseph was at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack, but was killed 9 months later on the USS San Francisco while saving another soldier. It was very hard for my father to accept the death of his brother.


In honor of CPL Rachael Hugo, Army Reserve - Served in Iraq

(Submitted October 20, 2008)

I am honoring Rachael L. Hugo. Rachael was a medic in the 79th Military Police Company, Rochester. MN. Rachael was deployed to Iraq in the fall of 2006 and while she was there she became known as "Combat Barbie". On October 5. 2007 Rachael was killed by in IED in Bayji, Iraq. We miss you Rachael and we will never forget you!!


In honor of Earl Ingebretsen, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Rural Felton, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Loren Ingebretsen)

Earl was my Dad. He passed away 1 year ago on Oct. 25. He served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was attached to a chemical warfare group. One of the jobs he did was drive his C. O. around. When they were in the Philippine Islands, they were camped in a farmers field and the C. O. made arrangements for compensating the person who owned the land for the use of it. When I was reading Dad's memoirs that he had been writing when he died, I found an entry that gave me an insight into the heart of my Dad. He talked about having met people who worked for that land owner and noticed how poorly nourished they were. He found someone who was harvesting brown rice and bought a bag of it for that family. I often wondered when I was young why we got letters at Christmas from a family in the Philippines. Dad just said they were friends, but I guess when you are hungry in a war torn country and a young man who has only the amount a soldier saves buys food to keep your family alive, maybe that is the reason. Later in his memoirs he talks about being asked to come to their home. Wars are won in many ways. Dad and his generation fought to save the world and in the process cemented friendships that they carried with them to their graves! God Bless the boys and girls that went and came home as men and women - who quietly went back to work, to build lives and rebuild a nation! Dad your son is so proud of you!


In honor of Captain Walter Jacobsen, US Navy

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted August 29, 2008 by Judy Wertheimer)

My Dad and 6 others on board a plane were testing
maneuvers before a mission. They all lost their lives. I honor what my father stood for every day he lived and the pride and honor he passed on to his children. Thank you Dad for helping keep us safe.


In honor of Sergeant Shannon Janisewski, US Army - Served in Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom

(Submitted September 25, 2008 by Sarah Janisewski)

Shannon: Your service to country meant leaving your family behind, but knowing that freedom, hope and dreams for those who are oppressed would result. Your selflessness and dedication to the United States makes me proud to call you best friend and husband.


In honor of Tyler Jennison, Marine Corps - Serving in Iraq

(Submitted September 8, 2008 by J. Kalla)

Happy Birthday Tyler!


In honor of Chris Jensen, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraq

(Submitted September 2, 2008 by Natalie Petersen)

Thank you for your selfless service to all Americans, so that we may continue to enjoy our freedom.


In honor of Donald Jensen, US Army - Served in Viet Nam

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Jackie Jensen)

I love you daddy, even though I don't like McCain I will vote for him for you. .


In honor of Arthur Johnson, Marine Corps - Served in Korea

Hometown: Crystal Minnesota (Submitted October 31, 2008 by John and Dede Johnson)

To honor Arthur Johnson as a war vet even though he can no longer remember, we can. Thank you Dad.


In honor of Arthur C. Johnson, Coast Guard - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Sean McVay)

My grandfather. A good man who, like many in the Greatest Generation, served his country with honor and returned home. He went on to raise a family of 6 children and by the time of his death had lived the American Dream he had fought to preserve. Forever in my thoughts.


In honor of Charles Johnson, Army

Hometown: Sandstone, Minnesota (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Deanne Johnson)

We would like to honor Charles for his service to his country and let him know how proud we are of him.


In honor of E4 Charles Johnson, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Deer River (Submitted April 2, 2009 by Timothy Wasut)

Charles Johnson has been an inspiration in my life. Spending a year in Vietnam in a Tank makes me realize how easy I have it in the Air Force even when I am deployed.


In honor of E4 Charles Johnson, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Deer River (Submitted April 2, 2009 by Timothy Wasut)

Charles Johnson has been an inspiration in my life. Spending a year in Vietnam in a Tank makes me realize how easy I have it in the Air Force when I am deployed.


In honor of Sergeant Harold Johnson, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Randolph, Minnesota (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Laurie Johnson)

My father is a WWII veteran. He fought in the First Special Service Force (a/k/a "The Devil's Brigade"), an American-Canadian unit. This group climbed up the back side of Mt. la Difensa which had been a German stronghold. From what I understand, allies had been trying to take this mountain for several weeks and suffered many casualties. My father's group took it in a few hours. However, while on top of the mountain, my father was hit in the chest and upper arms by shrapnel. Since his lungs would fill up with blood if he laid down, he had to walk down the mountain to get to an aide station (about a 5-6 hour walk down a goat trail). After the war, he returned home to Minnesota, married my mother and they raised 9 children and helped raise 16 grandchildren. The First Special Service Force has an annual reunion to this day. There have been a few in St. Paul and Minneapolis. In 2004, it was held in Minnetonka with a memorial service at the Airborne Circle at Fort Snelling and again in 2008.


In honor of PFC Kenneth Johnson, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Duluth, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Jack Johnson)

My vote today was a salute to my father. He died many years ago, but no day passes without a thought of him, however fleeting. He was a member of the “greatest generation” and except for the years spent overseas during World War Two, he lived his entire life in Duluth—the only place he ever wanted to live. He landed at Normandy, fought his way through the fields and hedgerows of France with the 90th Division, and got a Purple Heart before returning to Duluth in the fall of 1945. One of my earliest memories is the night we waited for him to “come home from the war" and when he finally came in the door he was wearing his uniform. He lifted me over his head, swung me around, hugged me tight, and held me on his lap for the longest time. I was 2-1/2. When he finally got home, Dad’s goal was to put the war behind him and get on with his life—which he did. But he had experienced terrible things and the war never really left him. In that respect he was like millions of other veterans. Thanks, dad, for all you gave and thanks, too, to all our veterans whose sacrifices made it possible for me and my younger sister to cast our votes today.


In honor of Nate Johnson, Army - Served in Iraq

Hometown: St. James (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lee Carlson)

I am happy to vote In honor of Nate Johnson, a former student and player of mine at SJHS. We were able to talk before he left and corresponded during his stay. His courage while serving his country was admirable but equally admirable was the service he showed to his host country and he worked to provide benefits to Iraqi schoolchildren. Upon returning to the States after his stint he looked for ways to serve his country back stateside. He is a great example of why we need to support all of our youth in school and extracurricular activities as he used these opportunities to protect and serve our country while leading others.


In honor of Reuben Johnson, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lauri Svedberg)

My grandfather, Reuben F. Johnson, served our country in WWI and was a proud lifelong member/officer of the American Legion. He was part of a "tontine"---a group of soldiers who bought a bottle of wine upon discharge and pledged to save it until the last man was alive. Six decades later, when Grampa and one other buddy were left, they decided to hold a ceremony to share the bottle. It was a touching tribute to the lasting friendships formed in the military.


In honor of Reuben F Johnson, Army

Hometown: Chisago City, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jane Svedberg-Ballard)

My grandfather was a brave man who served his country well. He was one of the last members of the 40/8 club, where he was honored as Chef De gare. Reuben is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


In honor of Paul Johnson-Reuben, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Buffalo (Submitted November 19, 2008 by Linda Johnson)

Paul Johnson-Reuben was a wonderful guy and left his twin brother, Patrick, in sorrow when we lost him in 2007 after being kidnapped in 2006. Patrick & Paul have always cared about people. Patrick, a Minneapolis Police Officer [somewhat] recently stopped a car driving erratically; and immediately determined the driver was having a heart attack & saved his life. Paul brought his love to help to those in Iraq. May God rest his soul; and that of his loved ones.


In honor of Herbert Jonas, US Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted August 22, 2008 by Fay Kaye)

My father escaped Nazi Germany. After living in a center for children in Holland for two years, he and his family made it to America. Upon completion of high school in the US, he joined the Army and went back to Europe to fight the Nazis. He was a paratrooper and landed in a glider behind enemy lines less than a mile from his hometown in Borken Germany. He went back to Borken to find it had been bombed. His old neighbors recognized him and wanted to know why the allies had bombed their churches! He earned 2 purple hearts and a bronze star.


In honor of Jerry Jorgenson, US Army - Served in Viet Nam

Hometown: Fairmont (Submitted November 11, 2008 by Alyson Strobel)

Always remembered! Never Forgotten!


In honor of Jerry Jorgerson, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Fairmont (Submitted February 5, 2009 by Gary Highland)

I knew Jerry from little league baseball, Sunday school and raising hell in Fairmont in the early 60's. Great funny guy and a good friend when you needed him. He died too early. I've seen his mom and in her eyes I see the kid I knew.


In honor of Joe Kaproth, Army

Hometown: Foley, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jill Enquist)

I'm proud to say my dad fought for our country and my right to vote.


In honor of Sgt Walter Karkula, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted September 29, 2008 by Kathy Karkula)

I am honoring Walter, my Dad. He will always be a hero in my book. His advice, his example and what I learned from him will never be forgotten. Even though he passed away 9/1/07, I can still hear his loving voice. They just don't make Dad's like him anymore.


In honor of SPC Brett Keller, US Army - Serving in the Iraq War

Hometown: Stillwater (Submitted August 26, 2008 by Karla Keller)

This would be the first Presidential election Brett would be old enough to vote in, and he is proudly serving our Country in Iraq. I am encouraging everyone I know to vote because we have that opportunity. It should not be taken for granted.


In honor of SSG Wm Jesse Kelley, US Army - Served in the Operation Enduring Freedom

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Pattie Kelley)

I don't know how best to find the words to honor my son as we approach this upcoming election, so I have chosen to use this poem I wrote in the days leading up to his deployment: I’M A SOLDIER’S MOMI'm a Soldier’s Mom ~ but do not weep for me. I'm waiting and praying. I'm on pins & needles. I toss and turn all night. He's my last thought before I finally fall asleep at night; my first when I wake each morning. I'm a Soldier’s Mom - but do not weep for me. I hear his words. I see his face and his posture as he says, "Mom. I'm ready to go. I'm prepared to go. It's my job to go. I'll volunteer to go. I need to get my mind set to go" I'm a Soldier's Mom ~ but do not weep for me. For me For you For our children and our children's children. For our Country For their Country. I'm a Soldier's Mom ~ but do not weep for me. I'm proud of my son's Patriotism, Inner strength, Vision, Dreams, Desire, Willingness. I'm proud to be an American. I'm proud to be Free. Yes ~ I'm a Soldier's Mom ~ but do not weep for me. I will be voting In honor of all our sons and daughters who have and continue to serve our Country.


In honor of John Kelly, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathleen Kelly)

This year I pledge my vote In honor of my late father. Dad, your generation's lives were forever changed by two cataclysmic events - the Great Depression and WWII. You handled both with grace and honor. Thank you so much for your service and for instilling in me your sense of fairness and love of country.


In honor of John Kelly, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Terry Kilian)

What a privilege it is to write a tribute to my dad, John M. Kelly, a WW II veteran. He really did not say to much about the war. He said "the heroes are the ones buried over there". He was on a ship to Australia. Most of the food on the ship was spoiled, even the bread was moldy. He was stationed in Iran, called Persia at that time. He was a supply sergeant. He told us they would buy a goat from the locals and roast it on a Saturday night. When my sister and I were going through some of his pictures we found one that showed whole streets with bodies hanging from gallows. He did not come home from the war until I was almost 4 years old. He was a stranger to me then, but he is a hero to me now. My election day will be filled with his memory.


In honor of Corporal Kareem Rashad Sulton Khan, Army, Served in Iraq

Hometown: Manahawkin, New Jersey (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Gene Christensen)

There are so many of my peers I could honor. My father is a Silver and Bronze Star decorated WWII vet. My recently deceased uncle, also a WWII vet. But I choose to honor this person I have only met through Colin Powell. A Muslim who gave his life for our country in part to teach us that Muslims too are patriotic Americans.


In honor of Marcellus Kilian, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Michael (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Debby Dahlheimer)

I would like to pay tribute to my father who instilled in me a love of my country. He served in World War II and truly is one of the greatest generation. He was willing to give all for his country. He and I have loyalties to different parties and disagree on different issues, but I will always remember he was part of the reason I am able to vote and live freely. Thanks Dad.


In honor of John Kissel, Navy - Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Dianne Sonstelie)

To John, a fine citizen, who served his country at a very early age. Disappointed that he could not enlist with the army because of flat feet, he was eager to join the U. S. Navy that did not have that criteria. He told me of going to all the offices, anxious to join and help with the war effort. With the U. S. Navy during World War II, he was a gunner aboard ships in the Atlantic and Pacific. During siege, he saw fellow sailors lose their lives. I wish I could remember and that he was alive to tell me more of the events. Their ships were in many ports around the world. After the war, he re-enlisted and served more years. He served as an aircraft mechanic in several naval stations and ended his career as a recruiter. He daily flew the U. S. flag at his home and many events. He was a wonderful father. He was our dad!


In honor of John Kissel, Navy

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted December 12, 2009 by Paulette Kissel-Shreve)

I know that each member of my family has their own memories of my Father. His first career was 20 years in the Navy. When I refer to him in the time since he has passed, my thoughts go to something that I read. I could find no author it belongs to. But, for me it had special significance. "It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the VETERAN, who salutes the flag. “ I would add that my Father was this, and so much more. He was a loving man of great faith and strong convictions. He was not a perfect man who accepted imperfections in others. I think if I could choose the most important aspect that I loved about him, it would be his willingness to help everyone that he came in contact with. He had a wonderful voice, a gentle heart, loved dogs and always had a smile when he heard the laughter of his grandchildren. On birthdays and Christmas I will always miss the call from him with a special song. Love you Dad.


In honor of HM1 Donald Kleinfelder, Navy - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Bellevue, WA (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jim & Dianne Kleinfelder)

An 18 year man, with a family, Donald is serving his country with honor. Currently serving in Iraq, we could not be prouder of him and his dedication to duty.


In honor of James Kleinfelder, Navy - Served in Vietnam War

Hometown: Moorhead, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Dianne Kleinfelder)

My husband served his country for 25 years, traveling the world in service of his country, including in-country in Vietnam from 1967-1968 with the Seabees. He is proud not only of his service, but that of his sister's son and step-son, and all those who are proud of their service.


In honor of Bernard Klejeski, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Barnum, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Sue Powell)

This tribute is for my dad and all the other men and women who have sacrificed for my right to vote!


In honor of Lt. Cmdr. Gordon Kobernat, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Cloquet (Submitted March 2, 2010 by Richard Kobernat)

To my Dad for serving our country in WWII in the US Navy. I followed him in the navy in Vietnam. Thanks!!!


In honor of James Kost, US Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: St. Cloud (Submitted October 1, 2008 by Sara Kost)

I never got to meet my Grandfather, James Kost. Sadly, he committed suicide before I was born. My family doesn't talk about it much, but from what I can gather, he had PTSD from what he saw in Vietnam. His experiences led to his depression and eventually the taking of his own life. I want to honor my grandpa this year by voting against this war and for improved Veterans' care. I don't want to see more men and women follow my grandpa's footsteps into depression.


In honor of Specialist Joshua Kulzer, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Shakopee (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Richard G. Evans)

Besides spending a several extra months in Iraq, my friend Joshua had actually re-enlisted knowing he very well might be sent over as a result. He had already served his active time and had no obligation to do so. Because of his example and that of his family, I have learned much about the military (being a civilian myself) and am now a part of a group called Vets for Freedom as a result. God bless Josh, Liz and Mallory!


In honor of Robert Kumor, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Chicopeed, MA (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Chris Channing)

My grandfather served this country in the European theatre of WWII. He landed at Normandy and fought his way across France which included action at the Battle of the Bulge. He never really talked about his service but it is because of men and women like him that I am able to participate in free elections. He instilled in me what a great honor and privilege it is to vote. I honor his sacrifice every time I fill out the ballot.


In honor of Stan Lacina, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Canby, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Roxane Zych)

Thank you dad, for all you did for us. Now that I have a 17 year old son, I see how big of a sacrifice you made giving up a portion of your young adulthood to leave your home and travel to another continent by ship and fight in a war. After living the majority of your childhood during the Great Depression as well.


In honor of Michael Lally, Army - Served in Viet Nam

Hometown: Red Wing MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lauri Svedberg)

Michael "Lal" Lally gave his life in service to our county in May 1970. We were to be married upon his return from Viet Nam, but instead of a wedding our families had a funeral. . . Almost 40 years later, I still honor his sacrifice and cherish his memory.


In honor of Charles Lamb

Hometown: Blaine (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Teresa Lamb)

Charlie, Come home soon. We all miss you and want to take care of you.


In honor of PFC Moises Langhorst, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Moose Lake (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

Marine Pfc. Moises A. Langhorst, 19, of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Langhorst died due to hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 5. 2004.


In honor of Burton E. Larson, US Navy - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Grove City, MN (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Patricia Turgeon)

I'd like to thank my dad for his service to our nation. After his brother and cousin were killed in Korea, dad enlisted in the Navy. He was the last son at home with aging parents. He didn't have to go, but did. Due to an injury while on active duty, my dad has a considerable service connected disability. Regardless of the pain he has lived with daily, since before I was born, he rarely complains and raised all four of his children on a farm and made a very good life for us. We had a lot of fun. Dad, by example, walks his faith, flies a flag in his yard every day and is perseverance personified. . . he never quits. He still actively farms. My dad is my hero.


In honor of Theresa Lee, Jeffrey Paul, Christopher Ryan and Jennifer Dawson, US Army - Served in Desert Storm

Hometown: Cambridge (Submitted November 10, 2008 by Ailene Croup)

My four children joined the Army from 1988 to 1994. Theresa was a Russian linguist, Jeffrey was a cook, Christopher was in medical supply and Jennifer was a reserve radioman.


In honor of SPC Alex Leonard (retired), Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Billings, MT (born in Minneapolis)(Submitted September 8, 2008 by Kathy Baufield)

My nephew, Alex Leonard, served with the 101st Airborne as they invaded Iraq. The Humvee Alex was driving was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. Alex's right leg was blown off, but he remained conscious, rolled himself out of his vehicle, and attempted to return fire, only to discover that the barrel of his firearm was bent at an ugly angle, having been resting against his leg when he was hit. Alex tried to calm those who were treating him and transporting him to the field hospital, remaining conscious throughout. He was only 20 years old at the time. Alex lost his right leg above the knee, and has since lost his left leg below the knee, as well. He is the bravest, strongest person I know.


In honor of Petty Officer Second Class Paul Lesch, Navy - Served in Desert Storm / Gulf War

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Michelle Lesch)

This tribute is for my husband and all veterans. Thank you for your service. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten.


In honor of Daniel Lesnar, Army

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Paulette Tanem)

Daniel, thank you for your service in Viet Nam. You gave so much for your country and suffered along with many others and you are remembered and honored for this sacrifice.


In honor of Daniel Lesnar, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted Desiree Diehl)

Dad- Your service to our country is something for which we are all grateful and proud of. We love you.


In honor of Jerome Levenson, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by John Gallas)

Served with valor in Battle of Okinawa and other major naval battles.


In honor of Jesse Lhotka, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Appleton (Alexandria) (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Bob Dalager)

He died with two others (David Day and Jason Timmerman) all from Charlie Company on February 21, 2005. Even though I never met him, because of personal reasons I'd rather not disclose on the Internet, I think of him every day when I go to work. There is no acceptable excuse to not vote when men like Jesse gave their lives for our country.


In honor of Sgt Jesse Lhotka, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Appleton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Amy Jo Matros)

Jesse was truly an amazing and wonderful man. His laugh, sense of humor and humanity for others are just a few of the things I miss the most. He had such an amazing love for his wife, mom, sisters and brother. For all of Jesse's family and friends, the world has never been the same since February 21. 2005 - the day we lost Jesse to the war in Iraq. So much has been taken away from all of us left behind to cherish his memories and deal with the loss of a great person. Not a day goes by that I do not think of him – and I know there are many people who do the same. So much was taken from Jesse that day and all soldiers lost to war, including the basic right to vote. God bless you Jesse - until we meet again.


In honor of Herman Lichtblau, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Lake City (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Rita Huntley)

Thanks Dad and all our vets for fighting for our freedoms.


In honor of CPT Ronnie George Lindstrom, Air Force - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Duluth (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

Officially MIA Start of Tour: Friday, January 2. 1970. Date of Casualty: Wednesday. June 7. 1978. Age at time of loss: 33. Casualty type: (A3) Hostile Reason: Air loss - Crashed on land (Crew member - Fixed wing aircraft) Country: Laos


In honor of Michael Loehrer, Marine Corps - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Trish Woodgate)

Thanks to my father who was awarded a purple heart for his valiant service.


In honor of E-3 Thomas Diaz Lopez, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Patricia Fenstermaker)

My uncle was captured at Clark Airfield the Philippines on Dec. 9th, 1941. He was a P. O. W. until he passed away on May, 1942. He was always missed by his family, especially his mother. My uncle was re-interred at Fort Snelling in 1949. I remember as a child his mother spoke affectionately to her son in Spanish while stroking his gravestone.


In honor of Wes Lorix, Recon - Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: St. Paul, Mn (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Nan Tarara)

I am honored to be the mother of a Marine Veteran. I only hope that the next President and cabinet will begin to Honor the Vets in the way that they deserve and make Health Care free for every Veteran who ever served. FREE


In honor of Chief Warrant Officer Matt Lourey, Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: East Bethel (Submitted February 22, 2010 by Claire Wilson)

Matt was 40 years old when his helicopter was shot down north of Baghdad. He was devoted to the younger men and women under his care. He flew cover for Baghdad the first day of their elections, providing cover for the Iraqi people to vote.


In honor of Joe Ludwig, Marine Corps - Served in World War II Pacific Theater / Korea 1951

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Bob Jones)

Joe was in the first wave to hit Guadacanal and subsequent islands. He was later involved in the invasion of Okinawa and was subsequently wounded by a Japanese sniper. He was one of the first Marines to enter the island of Japan after the surrender. Joe also served for a year with the Marines during the Korean War in the Pusan area. He is a true American Hero, like so many of his generation. They are the reason we have the freedoms we now enjoy. Thank You Joe you are my hero.


In honor of Pvt John E. Ludwig, Army National Guard - Served in World War II

Hometown: Cloquet, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Tim Howe)

John served with the 2nd Armored Division and landed in France 3 days after D-Day. He paid the Ultimate Sacrifice on July 29, 1944 near St. Lo, France. He was my mother's cousin and is remembered every day with pride by our family.


In honor of Lieutenant Kenneth Lund, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Princeton, Minnesota (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Richard Tiedeman)

My vote will honor my uncle, Lt. Kenneth Lund, who died on March 17, 1945 fighting for our freedom. He rests with 5000 other fallen heroes in the Netherlands. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.


In honor of Sergeant David Lundberg, US Army - Serving in the Iraq War

Hometown: Red Wing (Submitted August 28, 2008 by Tracie Behnke)

Dave, my son, I have never been more proud of you. Your selflessness is humbling and your sense of commitment is fierce. My heart broke when you were injured in an IED explosion, but I knew you would be strong and "your soldier, your driver" is alive because of that strength. Now that your active duty is over, and your life is taking you down the path of firefighting, I know God has planted in you a servant's heart. I miss you and hope you get tired of Texas and come back "up north"!:)Love Mom


In honor of Sr. Airman Adrian Lussier, Jr., Air Force

Hometown: Red Lake, Minnesota (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Darlene Lussier)

Congratulations to our Veteran who completed 4 years in the United States Air Force in May, 2008. Because of your dedication, motivation and mechanical job knowledge, you were awarded your name placed on the side of your F-15 Strike Eagle as the Dedicated Crew Chief. Thank you for your Four Years of Service to protect and serve your Country in a time of war. We Respect and Love You. Chi-Miigwetch Ogichidaag! (Thank you Warrior)


In honor of Peter Lynch, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Laurel Resman)

My Dad served and during his service his first born son died as an infant. Dad was stationed in Texas and Mom was here in Minneapolis working. Dad had to come home for the funeral of his 4 month old first born son. He and Mom then both went back to Texas, but he had to continue his service in spite of his grief for the son he never forgot. Money was tight so they had to borrow the money for Dad to come home from the Red Cross. Years later Dad told me when things got rough in life he prayed to his little son in heaven and felt he had someone closer to God than he was to put in a word for him. He said he felt his son was looking after him in a sense. Now since my Dad passed away 18 years ago I appreciate his sacrifice more because he was unable to be with his son before he died and had to continue his service after, even though he was grieving. I feel that I now have my brother I never met and my Dad watching over me and my family from Heaven. And I want to thank him and all the others who sacrificed for us by serving in the Military. As a former Navy wife I know it can be very lonely being away from family especially during the holidays. So voting in my Dad's honor makes voting more special, and I will be thinking of him when I do.


In honor of Staff Sergeant Jeremy Malchow, Army Reserve - Serving in Iraq

(Submitted October 20, 2008 by Jessica Malchow)

This year I will vote In honor of my husband, Jeremy Malchow. He has served for over 15 years in the Army Reserve and is currently stationed in Iraq. We are very proud! Love you!


In honor of Medic William G. Malo, Army Served in WWII

Hometown: Marshall (Submitted October 21, 2010 by William Malo)

In memory of my father, William George Malo, who served his country courageously, although he would never take another life. He drove horse drawn ambulances through the bloody and mud mired battlefields of Avignon, France - survived his wounds and returned home. He was an exceptional American and father.


In honor of David A. Manuel, Marine Corps - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Maple Lake (Submitted November 1, 2010 by Mary Sullivan)

Because of our service men and women (including my father) we have the privilege to vote. They also protected and promoted the right for others to vote in countries not as fortunate as our own. Vote with pride and honor those who have served in the past and those who are serving for our future.


In honor of PR2 James Marispini, US Navy - Served in the Gulf War I

Hometown: Savage, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Marc Marispini)

I'm voting today for the first time because I want to honor my father, a disabled veteran and inspiration for my enlistment in the Navy, for his sacrifice to allow me and others the right to vote.


In honor of Commander Gary Markfort

Hometown: Foley (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Mary Barthel)

I vote to honor those who make certain we can vote. I especially vote to honor my brother, Gary. He is a man of integrity who leads by example. Although he is my "baby" brother, I consider him one of my role models. He has a deep abiding love for this country and her people. He has given much of his life for her and I and the rest of our family are very proud of him and what he has done. Thank you.


In honor of Johnathan Marlatt, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Christina Marlatt)

Thank you, Johnathan, for serving and protecting. Although you were drafted and this war was horrific you got through it physically and continue too emotionally. God be with you.


In honor of Frank Martian, Marine Corps - Served in WWII

Hometown: Aberdeen, SD (Submitted October 26, 2010 by Thomas Martian)

My father, Frank Martian, served proudly in the US Navy from 1945-1947. He then went on to raise a family of three daughters and one son, residing in Aberdeen, SD. He passed away in 2001, and I miss him every day. Thanks Dad for your service, memories, and love.


In honor of PFC Matthew McCall, Marine Corps - Currently serving

Hometown: Miami (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Kerry McCall)

In honor of my son, Mathew, age 20, who serves this country with great love and pride, and my nephew Brandon Hiott, OIF veteran.


In honor of Timothy McGovern - Serving in the Gulf War

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kim McGovern)

To my husband, who very proudly served our Country for continued freedom and democracy. Thank You! I love you!


In honor of Patrick McQuillan Sr., US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Pat McQuillan)

When Patrick McQuillan passed away on April 17, 2008, America lost another hero. He served in The Northern African invasion as a member of the Fighting Thunderbirds as they prepared for the invasion of Italy. He fought and was wounded in hand to hand combat in the battle for Anzio. He lost his whole battalion except for himself and the lead gunner when a shell hit their duck boat after he had jumped onto the beach in Italy and began firing up at the Italian forces. After recovering he jumped on with the Red Bulls during the invasion of Southern France before catching up to his thunderbirds division. He stood guard at the internment camp at Dackhauer in Germany during liberation, where only the Red Cross were allowed in. He walked the entire way from the southern French coast to Berlin during liberation. He returned to St Paul to teach 35 years as one of the first adaptive PE instructor in the state. Giving so much to the less fortunate was his way of life. As well as being the founder of the athletic associations for football, baseball, hockey, basketball, softball etc. in the Midway area of St Paul. Plus, he started the East Metro Olympics which were the model of the Special Olympics back in 1962. Ten years before these events gained national (now international) attention. Don Rilley called him "the little tough guy who wore his heart on his arm for the special education students of St Paul. He founded Special Olympics before the hucksters took it over for the benefits of his kids. . . they were all winners." Truly a member of "The Greatest Generation".


In honor of Roger G. McVay, Navy

Hometown: White Bear Lake (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Sean McVay)

Pop, Thanks for your service. When I cast my ballot it will be In honor of you - for your service to country and for the example you set on what it is to be a man.


In honor of Felix Medved

Hometown: Centraila, WA (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Christine Plaza)

Felix Medved, known to me as "Papa Jake," was my stepfather. He served two wars in two different branches of service.


In honor of Eugene (Gene) Meeks, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Bob Meeks)

My dad served his country as a rifleman during the Second World War. His service took him from his home in northern Minnesota to the Pacific Theater of War including the front lines in the Philippine Islands. He never forgot those who served alongside of him and who did not return. He viewed voting as not only a right but also an obligation. During our years of upbringing dad passed on to me and my brothers and sister the understanding of what it meant to have the freedom to vote. May he rest in peace knowing that the U. S. is strong and free!


In honor of Terry Meinke, Gunner's Mate, River Division 512/531, Navy - Served in Vietnam 1969-1971

Hometown: Somerset, WI (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Deloris Paquette)

I vote In honor of my son, Terry, who proudly served his country in the Vietnam War as a Black Beret in the Special Forces of the Navy. To all our veterans and our service men and women I give "Thanks". God bless you and our country.


In honor of Alvin R. Melser, US Navy - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 11, 2008 by Joe Melser)

To honor my father who served his country in WW2.


In honor of Elmer and Leonard Melser - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 11, 2008 by Joe Melser)

In honor of my uncles who served their country in WWII.


In honor of PVT Edmund Meschke - Served World War II

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Scott Eggert)

Thank you for our freedom. . .


In honor of Private First Class John Messinger, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: Palmerton, PA (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Michael Messinger)

I'm proudly casting my vote this year In honor of my grandfather, PFC John Messinger. "Pop-pop," as my brother and I called him, joined the Marine Corps and served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the USS Houston (CL-81) during World War Two. The Houston was torpedoed by Japanese bombers and nearly sank in October of 1944. He was forced to abandon ship. A star athlete before the war, he became a teacher and coach after he returned. Fiercely loyal, incredibly devoted, and filled with love. John was a role model to all of us. He passed away in early 2000, but the memory of him, his service, and all we owe to him, lives on.


In honor of Nicholas Metcalf, Marine Corp - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Kenyon, MN (Submitted November 30, 2009 by Kathy Metcalf)

THANKS for your service


In honor of Scott Metcalf, Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Kenyon, MN (Submitted November 30, 2009 by Kathy Metcalf)

THANKS for your service


In honor of Christopher Meyer, Army - Served in Vietnam

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Elizabeth Meyer)

CHRIS SERVED HIS COUNTRY WELL DURING HIS 2 YEARS IN VIETNAM. LIKE ALL VIETNAM VETS, HE CAME HOME TO A COUNTRY THAT SHOWED LITTLE SUPPORT FOR THE BRAVERY DISPLAYED BY THE SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT TO HELP THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE GAIN THEIR FREEDOM. LIKE OTHER SOLDIERS, HE HAS SUFFERED FROM THAT RESPONSE, BUT HAS BEEN A SUCCESS IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE AND A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE USA. . . HE WAS WILLING TO RISK HIS LIFE FOR OUR FREEDOMS.


In honor of Edwin Meyer, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Carol Fehrmann)

Love you dad for everything you had to go through.


In honor of Lt. Colonel Robert Meyer, Navy, Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Elizabeth Meyer)

BOB WAS PART OF THE GREATEST GENERATION WHO MADE AMERICA THE STRONG, GREAT, CARING NATION THAT IT IS TODAY. WE NEEED TO HONOR THEM AS WE VOTE AND KEEP IN MIND THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MADE TO THE USA AND THE LEGACY THEY LEFT FOR US. . . A FREE NATION!


In honor of Sergeant Dan Michener, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Spring Valley, MN (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Duane Michener)

Dan was with the Medics with 101st Airborne Division, Delta Raiders. He served from 1969 to 1970;He received the Bronze Star with V device.


In honor of SFC Matthew Mikesell, Army National Guard - Served in the War on Terrorism

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted January 13, 2009 by Perrine Dailey)

A special THANK YOU to my brave and generous husband, Sergeant First Class Matthew Mikesell, who has volunteered to serve the good of the world again by volunteering to serve our country overseas. Many of us are very grateful for your time, effort, courage, and perseverance on our behalf!


In honor of Matthew Mikesell, Army National Guard

(Submitted January 15, 2009 by Jean White)

I'm so proud of you and know you'll be safe. I brag about you and your service in Afghanistan. Your deployment to Iraq is a wonderful opportunity to serve your country. It's a huge commitment and your whole family supports you.


In honor of Matthew Mikesell - Air Force Reserve

(Submitted February 5, 2009 by Sue Morgan)

Matthew, it is because of you and those with you that we can sustain our freedom. Thank you.


In honor of PFC Matthew Milczark, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Kettle River (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

Marine Pfc. Matthew G. Milczark, 18, of Kettle River, Minnesota. Milczark died due to a non-combat related incident at Camp Victory, Kuwait. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on March 8. 2004.


In honor of Merle Miller, US Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 3, 2008 by Timothy Miller)

My father, Merle Miller, was just a kid in his early 20's when he was called to serve in WW II. Surrounded by German forces in the Battle of the Bulge, his division had little hope of coming out of the conflict alive. In spite of the overwhelming forces, my dad and his fellow heroes managed to suppress their fear and anxiety enough to defeat the enemy. Another horrific experience for my pop was the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. I doubt that I could have handled this type of situation today, let alone at the age of 22. And yet, my father and his equally young comrades, managed to stomach the atrocities they had witnessed and continued to do their duty. It is hard to imagine what our world would look like today if it were not for the courage and devotion to duty provided by our veterans and current active duty forces. While I do not condone war, I applaud my dad and our past and present troops for giving us the freedom to vote for leaders that are intelligent enough to prevent future conflicts. Timothy F. Miller, former ET1, USN
Montevideo, MN


In honor of Cpt Timothy Miller, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Forest Lake/New Brighton (Submitted December 5, 2008 by Col (ret) Ron and Joanne Miller)

Tim devoted a two year mobilization to our United States to help "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus XXV:X) (inscription on the Liberty Bell). He brought some liberty to Iraq by serving honorably with the "Desert Bulls" in Iraq for 16 months (2006-07). We love you and are proud of you. Tim our hero.


In honor of Senior Chief Donald Mittelstaedt, Navy

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted January 20, 2010 by Adrianne Mittelstaedt)

My father is a true patriot and a wonderful man who honorably served his country for over twenty years. His service is a reminder of the blessings we receive as American citizens due in part to the protection and dedication of members of the armed forces. I am so fortunate to have him in my life and am always so proud of him.


In honor of Conrad, Ralph and Robert Moe

Hometown: McGregor (Submitted November 11, 2008 by Karen Melser)

To honor my Grandfather Conrad Moe who fought in WW1 in France and his 2 sons who fought in WW2: Ralph, who was Killed in Action in France while serving in the Army, and Robert who served in the Navy.


In honor of Sergeant Vincent Montez, Air National Guard - Serving in Desert Storm & Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: South Saint Paul (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Natalie Montez)

I would like to thank my husband, Sergeant Vincent Montez, for being brave enough to leave the comforts of home and enter a war zone to protect our freedom. He puts his life in danger every day for us and deserves every U. S. citizen's respect. Remember to thank a service member.


In honor of Ian Moret, US Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Excelsior, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Kenyon Laing)

Not only is this my first year able to vote, but by doing so I’ll be honoring a close friend and wonderful man who is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. For the past four years Ian has put everything aside, including his politics, in order to answer what he felt was the call of duty. The sacrifices he makes each day, and the love he has for his country, are astounding. Because he has been willing to share his experiences with us, his friends and family, I believe we have each gained some insight and perspective come election time. It is my hope that my vote will both honor his selflessness and help bring him home safely. I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone serving and extend a little compassion to anyone missing a loved one in the military.


In honor of Private Donna Munnich, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lee Munnich)

My Mother Donna Munnich served in the WACs during World War II in the Army Air Corps. She worked as a photographer and trained in California. Her service was cut short when she became pregnant with me in 1944. Donna is proud of her service in the military and the opportunity to serve her country during World War II.


In honor of Warrant Officer Lee Munnich, Sr, Army - Served in World War II and Korean War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lee Munnich Jr)

My Dad, Lee Munnich Sr., served in the Signal Corps inEngland and France during WWII. He joined the Minnesota National Guard after WWII and was called to active duty during the Korean War. Lee continued in the National Guard and retired as a senior Warrant Officer.


In honor of E-7 Joel Munson, US Army

Hometown: New Prague (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Erick Munson)

My brother, Joel, retired from the Army. His dedication to hard work and training of his troops exemplify what makes our service people the best in the world. I am proud of him.


In honor of Sergeant Joe Mussack, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Medford, Oregon (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Christopher Mussack)

My Dad died this year at age 85. He flew as a member of a bomber crew over Northern Europe in World War II. He hardly ever talked about the war. I was able to visit with him a couple of weeks before he died and he gave me his old uniform and some old silk maps he had. He was the type of guy who did what he knew was right, even if it was hard. He taught me the greater the value, the greater the price you must be willing to pay. He taught me to appreciate the value of the freedom we enjoy, that it is worth a great price. I vote to honor him in addition to all our servicemen throughout the years. They were willing to pay the price, the least I can do is use their gift of freedom and to pass it on to my children.


In honor of Ivan Ness, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Wolverton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kristi Edwards)

Uncle Ivan served in Europe during WWII and was very involved in the American Legion for decades after his return. He was honored along with his brother-in-law, Earl, in 2007 for 60 consecutive years as a Legion member. I think of him every Memorial Day as he and my dad and others from Wolverton marched in the honor guard on Memorial Day, remembering those veterans who were no longer here.


In honor of Edward (Ted) Northrop, Navy- Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Chicago, IL (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Holly Northrop)

Dad. . . thanks for fighting for the very activity and privilege I get to exercise today. . . to vote. I love you. H


In honor of Theodore Northwick, Navy - Served in Korea

Hometown: Rosemount (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jenifer Northwick)

My dad and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but he always emphasized the importance of voting and encouraged me to vote my conscience. My father always said that he might not agree with how I vote, but he would give his life to defend my right to vote. It's because of him that I consider voting not just my right or even my civic duty, but also my privilege.


In honor of Tech Sgt 5 Hubert J. Nothwehr, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Dr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF)

Dad - You were the oldest of 4 brothers to serve in the WW II. Your example, following your experience of the horrors of war, where you defended conscientious objectors to the Viet Nam War is the real lesson you taught us all. That is what genuine freedom is all about!


In honor of Staff Sgt. Christopher Obray, Army- Served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Hometown: Fairmont (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Diane Obray)

In honor of my son Christopher for his two tours of Afghanistan and one in Iraq. That's a huge call for a "reserve" soldier. He has led by great example not only the soldiers in his unit but his siblings in our home. His sister and brother have joined his unit and also honorably serve. Both of my sons are still overseas at this time but they are proud of their roots in Minnesota and Minnesota should be proud of these young men.


In honor of Major Marvin Odle, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Piqua, Ohio (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Gary Odle)

Marvin flew B-25 Bombers out of Italy during World War II when he was only 19 years old. He continued to have an honorable career and retired from the Air Force in 1961. After that he taught Air Force Junior ROTC in high school for eighteen years.


In honor of Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) John Ogren, Air Force - Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Judy Seguin)

I am voting In honor of my father who, due to Alzheimer's can no longer cast his vote. This will be the first Presidential election since 1940 that he will miss. At 23, he was the youngest Sergeant Major in the Army Air Corps. He retired in 1961 after proudly serving his country for 21 years.


In honor of Sergeant Arnold Olsen, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Tyler (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Beverly Graf)

Uncle Arnie . . . you are and always will be our Hero!


In honor of Earnest Wilham Olson, US Army - Served in Korea

Hometown: Bemidji (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Gary Olson)

THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS THAT HAVE SERVED IN THE NAME OFTHE FREEDOM THAT WE NOW ENJOY. THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER WHO PASSED AWAY IN 1981.


In honor of Kermit and Keith Olson, Coast Guard - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Lea Ashley)

My Father and his twin brother served our country during WW II on different Coast Guard boats. The military did this to prevent the possibility of both dying on the same boat. As a child I heard many WW II stories. My Father was in his 80's when he finally spoke of the difficult memories of women and children running and dying from attacks in Japan. Somehow those who fight for our freedom and are lucky to return home develop a shield to protect themselves from frightening memories of the truth of WAR. Thank You Dad and my Uncle for fighting for my freedom I now enjoy.


In honor of Richard Olson, Air National Guard

Hometown: Rochester (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Michael Olson)

For my dad, the greatest hero I have ever known.


In honor of Sgt Bryan Opskar, Marine Corps - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom - KIA 23 July 2005

Hometown: Princeton, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kelly Puffer)

Semper Fi Bryan!


In honor of Sgt. Bryan Opskar, Marine Corps - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Princeton, MN (Submitted November 2, 2009 by Kelly Puffer)

I vote In honor of my fallen comrade Sgt. Bryan Opskar who was killed while on patrol supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Semper Fi Bryan!


In honor of Felix Orona, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Moorhead (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Desi Hart)

Mr. Orona is a strong American Hero. Everyone should be proud of the job he was involved in over there. Most of the friends from his unit did not make it out and he remembers them till this day. I'm honored to have listened to a couple of his stories. I know he has more to tell but somethings are best left unsaid. Your nephew loves you Uncle.


In honor of Victor Ortiz, Navy

Hometown: Shoreview, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Melissa Critchley-Rodriguez)

Thanks for protecting our right to vote!


In honor of Victor Ortiz, Navy

Hometown: Shoreview, MN (Submitted November 3, 2009 by Melissa Critchley-Rodriguez)

Thank you for choosing to defend our freedom to vote.


In honor of Joshua Ose, Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: (Submitted November 20, 2010 by Captain Mike B.)

Rest in peace my precious son. Joshua was only 19 years old.


In honor of Major Christine Ostendorf, Army National Guard - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bosnia, Kosovo, Desert Storm

Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Bob and Sue Stowe)

We are voting today because we feel it is our duty to fulfill this right that we have in America. Also voting In honor of all who have served and died to preserve this right. We are especially voting in honor and extreme pride in our daughter, Major Christine Ostendorf, as she and others from the 34th ID are preparing for deployment in January, 2009 to Iraq. May God be with all of our soldiers and service men and women wherever they may be and May God Bless America.


In honor of Marvin Ostrom, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted December 21, 2008 by Bill Ostrom)

Dad, thanks for your service. You inspired me to serve as well. This decision turned my life around!


In honor of T-5 Charles Palmer, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Milton, Wisconsin (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Fred Stein)

Charlie is my father-in-law, and my second dad. He served 3 1/2 years in England, France, and Austria, for the duration of the war. He was awarded the Bronze Star for performing his duties as a combat engineer.


In honor of GMCM (SW/AW) E. T. "Tom" Parker IV, Navy - Served in the Persian Gulf War

Hometown: Blaine (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Michele Parker)

Fair Winds & Following SeasGunner's Mate Going Ashore


In honor of Electrician Third Class Paul Pashibin, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Superior, WI (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Paulette Warren)

If he were alive, my father's vote would oppose mine. We would have had many a heated argument over choices. Some discussions might have ended in tears and slamming doors. But we would come back again, to duke it out over issues and ideas, over what it means to be an American. My dad was a guy who subscribed to literature from both the far right and the far left. He took his politics seriously, writing daily letters and postcards to senators, congressmen, presidents, judges. Sometimes the letters were too hot to mail! "Vote!' he would say, and you knew it was more than your right -- it was your duty.


In honor of Delmer Paulson, US Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Crookston (Submitted August 26, 2008 by Natalie Ostgaard)

My father, Delmer Paulson, better known by his nickname "Snuse," served his country in Japan. Although by the time he made it there WWII had ended. He and his brother and other relatives were proud to do their part by helping to keep the peace with their stints in the U. S. Navy. He voted in every election he was able to until he died 13 years ago because it was a right he felt that he and other soldiers had fought for.


In honor of Merrill Payne, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Brainerd, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Linda Nelson)

My father was in the Navy during WWII. He served aboard several Navy ships and was stationed in Hawaii and French Frigat Schoals.


In honor of Merrill (Mike) Payne, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Brainerd, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Linda Nelson)

My father was in the Navy during WWII. Although he wouldn't talk about it much, he did say that he was stationed in Hawaii and French Frigate Schoals. I'm Very proud of him!


In honor of J Edward Pearsall, Marine Corps - Served in WWII

Hometown: Virginia (Submitted October 28, 2010 by Sarah Lambert)

My grandfather was captured and taken prisoner of war on Wake Island during the start of World War II. He was held as a prisoner of war until the war ended. I cannot imagine the things he had to endure in the name of freedom, and I am grateful for his service to his country, as well as all other men and women who serve and who have served so we can be free.


In honor of Sergeant Jeremy Perala, Marine Corps - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: New York (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Jason Perala)

I'm writing In honor of my brother, who served in the Marine Corps, took his place in the line, and stood a watch over the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens. As many before him, he forsook options which risked less physically and emotionally, and offered more in comfort and compensation, to instead face the harsh and brutal realities of war. As others who have served in the military before him, he truly understands that 'freedom isn't free'. I honor my brother and all veterans because on this election day I am free to vote my conscience without fear of retribution, and that on every day my children may lay their heads down to sleep in peace and security.


In honor of Robert Peters, Army- Served in WWII

Hometown: Marshall (Submitted October 12, 2010 by Seth Boerboom)

My tribute is to my grandpa. He is a veteran soldier.


In honor of Cary Peterson, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Prior Lake (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Colleen Peterson)

Cary was drafted in 1970 and was an Army Medic for 20 years. He was in charge of a health clinic during the 1980's, during which time he singlehandedly saved over $6,000,000 by re-utilizing medical and other items brought to property disposal stations.


In honor of Donald Peterson, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Hutchinson (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Sonja (Peterson) Muellerleile)

I am honoring my late grandpa, Don Peterson, who was a gunner in World War II in the Army Air Force. He never spoke of the war, and I am just now discovering information on his service. I honor him today and every day for the dedication and sacrifice he gave. I love and miss you grandpa!


In honor of Homer Peterson, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Hutchinson (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Sonja (Peterson) Muellerleile)

I am honoring my late grandpa, Homer Peterson, who was a typist stateside in World War II in the Army. He never spoke of the war, and didn't believe he deserved any honor. He chose not to have taps played at his funeral. I honor him today and every day for the dedication and sacrifice he gave. I love and miss you grandpa!


In honor of James Vernon Petersen, US Navy - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Cloquet (Submitted October 21, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

My vote will be placed In honor of my husband Jim, who served in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He passed away in 2002.


In honor of Sfc Kent Peterson, Army - Serving in Operation Just Cause

Hometown: St. Cloud (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Kent Peterson)

God bless all our soldiers


In honor of Lance Peterson, Army - Served in Vietnam

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Alison Aubrecht)

Lance fought in the Vietnam War and witnessed the death of several members of his company. He carries those men in his heart every day-- just as I carry him in my heart in gratitude for what he sacrificed. I will be voting In honor of Lance and all the men and women who have given their lives for wars that don't always make sense.


In honor of Scott and Steve Peterson, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Gaylord (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Eunie Peterson)

Scott and Steve are my sons who have served with the National Guard in Scania, Iraq. I cast my vote In honor of them and their service to our country. It is because of them that we have the right to vote. Thanks guys. We are proud of you. MOM


In honor of M/Sgt Verner M. Peterson (Retired), Air Force - Served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars

Hometown: Eveleth (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Debra Labadie / County Veterans Service)

This is a long overdue tribute to my father, Vern. (Lovingly known as, "Studley".)He honorably served our nation, protected our individual freedoms and supported his wife and five children with his 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. He devoted his career to serving our Country, thereby protecting the right to vote for each of us. We all should take the time to think of the many rights and freedoms we enjoy, but many times take for granted. The right to vote is one of those freedoms. THANKS DAD! I cast my vote this year In honor of your service, love and support. As an additional tribute to my father, he had two sons and a daughter who also went on to honorably serve in the United States Air Force. Thanks Dad, for all you've done and all you continue to do! I love you. Debra


In honor of M/Sgt. Verner M. Peterson, Air Force

Hometown: Eveleth, MN (Submitted September 5, 2008 by Lorraine Shields)

Thanks Brother, I also would like to cast my vote In honor of your Service, Love and Loyalty. At this time, I must "Thank" your (5) other brothers who also served in different branches of the Armed Service's. We are all very proud to express our "Thanks" to you all, and to all the other Men and Women who have served so faithfully for our country. . .


In honor of E4 Richard Petrowski, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Big Lake, Minnesota (Submitted September 11, 2009 by Denice Petrowski)

After reading my sister's tribute to my father who is a WWII veteran I was so proud of my dad and realized also how proud I am of my husband who is a Vietnam Veteran. He honors, respects and understands all his fellow veterans. It is so inspiring to see his love of and respect for this great country! Thank you Richard for your service to our country!


In honor of Specialist Noah Pierce, US Army - Served 2 tours of duty in Iraq

Hometown: Eveleth (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Cheryl Softich)

My son Noah was in the Army and served 2 tours of duty in Iraq. All of his childhood, Noah talked about joining the Army and serving his country. Noah believed in our Freedom, our right to bear arms, our right to speak our minds, and more. Noah was a good man with a sensitive heart. My son is no longer living. He took his own life due to PSTD after being home for one year. My vote this year is for Noah and all our other Veterans. . . past. present. and future. Veterans ROCK!


In honor of HA2 Charles Pietz, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: New Ulm (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Vicki Huber)

Charles left high school in his junior year at age 17 to serve his country joining the Navy. He then served in the Pacific as a medic on the U. S. S. Relief. Following his regular tour of duty he enlisted in the Navy Reserve and served as a CB for another 18 years. He served his country, then his family, and finally his community as a Deputy Sheriff, job Coordinator and Mentor for troubled youth, the Minnesota DNR and the city of New Ulm Parks and Recreation. His life was dedicated to civic duty and pride and ended way too soon of cardiac arrhythmia. His family is proud of the legacy Charles left. Thanks dad.


In honor of Sergeant Zachary Pike, Army - Served in Iraq, Afghanistan

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Terri Harsha)

I am so proud of Zachary, this young man, for answering his calling to serve our country. After completing college, instead of embarking on a career and chasing the almighty dollar, he chose instead to serve his country. He is in the Special Forces and worked extremely hard to accomplish all that he has. I take great pride in what he does and what he stands for. His elite training gives me peace of mind that he will come home safely from each deployment. He is married and the father of identical twin boys who are almost 2. He is a wonderful father, husband, son and soldier. He is MY son - and I love him.


In honor of Sgt Robert Points, US Army - Serving in Iraq (second deployment)

(Submitted October 3, 2008 by Edie & Dennis Points)

Our son, Robert Points, is now serving his second deployment in Iraq. We have observed him going through the grief of losing fellow soldiers to death, and bear up to the burden of others being injured - some seriously. He joined the military at age 18 and to this day (he will turn 25 in '09) does not regret his choice. Rob believes in what he is doing, engaging terrorists in the Mideast so that we can live our life in the way we are accustomed to here in America. We are very proud of our son, he is doing a job that the majority of people would never do. He maintains his pride in his country and belief system even under the most severe mental and physical duress and always does the best he can under that situation. Each time we hear the National Anthem or see the Flag flying it reminds us of the sacrifice our dear son has made and is still making to help keep America free. So that any American that feels the need can protest the war, speak out against the President, have freedom of religion, bad mouth the military, or voice their opinions without the fear of reprisal.


In honor of Ben Pollock, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Holdingford, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Mary Jo Pollock)

To my dad and all the people that served in World War II.


In honor of 1st Lt Jeffrey Pratt, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Owatonna, MN (Submitted September 29, 2008 by Karen Knudson-Ibberson)

Jeff spent the year of 2005 in Iraq. He left behind a wife and three boys. Last year he was scheduled to return to Iraq, but was allowed medical leave, due to his 14 year old son's brain cancer. Jeff is now serving a year in Kuwait. Early next year he will be joined by his brother-in-law, his wife's brother. Jeff has willingly sacrificed over 2 years of being with his family and watching them grow and mature into fine young men. He has set an example for them - one of dedication and love of country. He is serving half a world away. All you have to do is walk to your nearest polling place and cast your vote. Show him and his fellow soldiers that what they do to protect our freedoms is truly appreciated.


In honor of Raymond Preiser, Air Force - Served in World War II and Korea

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Pam Preiser)

Dad, there are no words to describe what you did - I miss you every day. Love, Pam


In honor of Sergeant John Pruitt, Army - Served in World War II and Korean War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Cleo Pruitt)

This is In honor of my husband who passed away on August 28, 2007. He served God and his country in World War II, all the way through the invasion of Normandy and then went on to serve in the Korean War. He received an honorary discharge from both of the wars. His life beyond the wars was that of going above and beyond to achieve the high standards that he had set for himself in his job as a Purchasing Director, in his personal life and for his family. He gave my daughter a great treasure which is the Bible that he carried all the way through World War II. He put God in front and passed away fully experiencing true peace with God. He is greatly missed by his wife, his children and his grandchildren. We will see him again soon.


In honor of Ensign Francis Rabbers, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Richland, Michigan (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jan Rabbers)

Mom served her country as a Navy nurse. At 91 years old, and in frail health, we are all taking each day at a time right now. But it is upon her shoulders I metaphorically stand for everything she taught and fought for. My vote is her legacy.


In honor of Lance Corporal Michael Rabbers, Marine Corps - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Richland, Michigan (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jan Rabbers)

Michael is my brother and while he was marching in the jungle with an M-16 in his hand, I was marching on Lansing with flowers in my hand. Today, we both understand we loved our country in different ways and there is no question of our admiration and love for each other. Our hearts are united as he wages another battle against cancer that may be related to his time "in country. "My vote is dedicated to making sure he gets the health care he deserves.


In honor of Jim Rasmussen, Navy

Hometown: Grand Rapids (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Katie Cullinan (Karkela))

This tribute goes to my grandfather, James Rassmussen. James was a strong believer in serving his country and the principles of democracy. He was active in many things including his community and politics and is missed by all in his family including his wife Bernadine Rassmussen. My family and I appreciate his service and furthermore we appreciate all those who serve in the military so that we may all be able to live in a free country.


In honor of Staff Sergeant Harry Rasmusson, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Nevada, Iowa (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Linda Saveraid)

According to his comrades, Harry Rasmusson was a good, good man and a good, good soldier. He passed away July 13, 2008. We miss him and welcome the chance to honor his service.


In honor of Jerry Rau, Army Served in Vietnam

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Harry Pontiff)

This is a person who has suffered unimaginably because of experiences in the Vietnam War. Yet he has continually given back endlessly and graciously to the community through his powerful and elegant music.


In honor of Duane Reese, Army National Guard

(Submitted October 3, 2008 by Travis Reese)

My father was a 21 year veteran when he passed away in 2003. He was never asked to fight in a war, but I know he would have done so bravely. He was a true patriot and I am proud to vote in his honor.


In honor of Sergeant Thomas (Tom) Reese, Army National Guard- Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: La Crosse, WI (Submitted October 12, 2010 by Allen Reese)

Tom served in Iraq for a year with the Wisconsin Army National Guard as an Army Medic returning just a few months ago. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who served as a Medic in the Army/Airforce during World War II and his father who served in the Gulf War also as an Army Medic and who retired from the Army after 21 years of active service. Tom now attends college at Wisconsin Tech and continues to serve in the Army National Guard. Like so many other young Americans Tom felt it his patriot duty to serve his country and is proud to now be a Veteran of our Armed Forces. While he does not have any kids of his own yet (girls he's available) I'm sure his children will hear the call-to-serve that he and those before him have. We are very proud of him!


In honor of William Reyes, Marine Corps

Hometown: Edina (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Christine Reyes)

I wanted to thank my husband and his fellow service members for their courage and leadership. No matter what, your family and friends support you!


In honor of Major Robert Riesgraf, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Carver (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Mary Johnson)

I told Dad I was going to Vote In honor of a Veteran - him. He said "Thanks. You made my day." Interesting. I made his day. His 22 years military service sustained my free, bountiful American life. I have great pride and admiration for my Dad who has modeled a life of God and Country first. Thanks Dad. I love you as a veteran and as my father. MaryKJ


In honor of Major Robert R. Riesgraf, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Carver/Forest Lake, MN (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Kristen E. Delano)

Robert R. Riesgraf, I am proud to say, is my father. He lives his life as a proud Veteran. Robert has been involved with the VFW and American Legion, participating in activities, including walking in parades. He displays the American flag proudly and even gave each of his five children a flag (flown over the state capital) for Christmas one year. We celebrate freedom today because of all the brave and honorable military personnel. Sincere thanks to all and especially my Dad.


In honor of Leonard Riley, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Denison, Texas (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Cindy Fredrickson)

Leonard Riley is one of the bravest people I know. He served in WWII as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. He jumped behind enemy lines into Normandy. He had many narrow escapes. Some he speaks of, others he never mentions. He has shared some war stories with his two grandsons, who are now the same ages he was when he enlisted and when he left the military after the War was over. It is hard for him to realize that these boys, who mean so much to him, could be in the same situation that he was in with just a slight change in circumstance. He was young and invincible and feared nothing then. But, now he can spend time worrying about his grandson's everyday travels and activities. Time has changed his perspective on many things. One thing that is very clear to my family is that we are extremely proud of his service, his continuing dedication to honoring his flag and country and his certainty in that he did the right thing at that particular time.


In honor of Alfred Ritchie, US Marine Corps - Served in World War II

(Submitted August 21, 2008 by Mark Ritchie)

Fresh out of high school, where he was a Marine cadet, my father enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and headed off to defend our nation. He served from 1943 to 1946, primarily in the Pacific theatre including time in China. It was this military service that gave him a vision of the world that inspired and guided his life of community service. My vote this year will be In honor of this proud marine and life-long public servant: Alfred Ernest Ritchie.


In honor of Captain Edward Rohricht, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: St Paul (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Bob Rohricht)

Ed gave his life for our freedom. He was shot down on a raid over Japan.


In honor of E-4 Ricardo Romero, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Edgardo Romero)

To my beloved son Ricky who served with bravery in the Iraq war defending our nation's freedom. We love you much!


In honor of Ricardo Romero, Army National Guard - Served in Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Robbinsdale (Submitted September 28, 2008 by Chris & Sara Cape)

To our brother-in-law Ricky, who courageously and selflessly served our country in the war with Iraq. We thank you for your service and for defending our country. You're the best!


In honor of Ricardo Romero, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraq

(Submitted October 20, 2008 by Deb Spotts)

Thank you Ricky for fighting to keep America safe.


In honor of Corporal Sidney Ronningen, US Army Air Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: Zumbrota, MN (Submitted August 22, 2008 by Barbara J. Ronningen)

My dad enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor. He served in New Guinea as a mechanic in the Army Air Corps. He also developed a washing machine using barrels and a Jeep transmission. Those washing machines saved many GIs from jungle rot which was a huge problem in that climate. My dad (at age 88) displays WWII artifacts for schools. historical societies and even fundraisers; making sure that this generation knows about what his generation did in WWII. He has also worked to erect a memorial to 43 men from his unit (27th Air Depot Group) who died in a plane crash in Australia but have never been honored.


In honor of Lt. Col. Shane L. Rossow, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq (three tours, last March 2007)

Hometown: Mankato, Minnesota (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Mavis B. Saxton)

Lt. Col. Shane L. Rossow was wounded during his first tour in Iraq; received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star; wounded while training Iraqi military. His second tour was to determine needs and the last serving in AnBar Province working with various group chiefs. He will continue his duties at Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma.


In honor of Thomas Rostomo - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Dan Rowles)

Tommy threw a fastball no one could hit.


In honor of Steven Rouleau, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Wuori Township (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Cathy Rouleau)

To understand the importance of serving for our country, Steve strived to be the very best of his unit from day 1 until the fulfillment of his duty from the Army National Guard. Earning soldier of the week, month, and year was an honor.


In honor of Herbert Russ, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Fairmont, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Bonnie Russ)

I am very proud to vote In honor of my father who raised four children who are all registered voters and never miss an election. As a very young man he fought for our nation and free people everywhere. He taught us that education was very important. He taught us to be proud and honest and always do the right thing. He is nearing 85 years old now and still is a very active volunteer in the community and he and my mother June Russ are active in the Fairmont VFW. We are so proud of them both.


In honor of SN Delor Saba, Navy - Served in WWII

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 6, 2010 by Roger Saba)

I write this tribute to my father, Delor John Saba 1925-2003. He was proud to be a decorated WWII veteran serving in the US Navy. We are all grateful for his courage and bravery. It was with honor, courage and sense of devotion that he served and protected our rights and freedoms. With this comes the obligation to be involved and the perseverance of our right to vote.
Thanks Dad, you were the first of a tradition. Also having served in the US Navy I am honored to cast my vote in your memory and watch as your grandson continues what you started. God Bless the USA!


In honor of FN Kyle Saba, Navy - Served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 6, 2010 by Roger Saba)

Kyle your service makes the family so proud. You may not realize it yet but your dedication and service on our behalf creates in us a desire to vote, be involved and pay attention. God Bless son!


In honor of Senior Airman Joshua Salsbury, Air Force - Served in Iraq

Hometown: South St Paul (Submitted October 31, 2008 by David Salsbury)

I HONOR MY SON, JOSH, AND ALL VETERANS PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE. JOSH JOINED, AS HE FELT HE WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SELF IMPROVE. HE WANTED TO MAKE THE WORLD A LITTLE SAFER FOR HIS FAMILY.


In honor of Joshua Salsbury, Air Force - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: South Saint Paul (Submitted March 7, 2009 by Grace O'Donnell)

I Honor my Brother Joshua for serving in The United States Air Force and serving a tour in Iraq. I am so proud of him and very proud to not only call him my brother but my best friend. Thank God for men like him.


In honor of Matthew Sampers, Air Force - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: Burnsville, MN (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Rebecca Sterner)

Matt is serving at the Balad Air Force Base in Iraq. His grandfather and uncles are veterans and his cousin is also serving in the Air Force.


In honor of Elmer Sandbeck, Army - Served in World War I

Hometown: Duluth (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Terry Lake)

My grandfather served in France during the war, and was gassed. Amazing how this was the first war that had airplanes, real machine guns, and the trenches. All veterans should be honored, no matter when they served.


In honor of Lt. John Sandstrom, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Rockford, IL (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lars Sandstrom)

My dad served as a lieutenant on two destroyers, the USS Bristol and the USS Kendrick. His ship provided battleship escort in the Mediterranean Sea during WW II, primarily off the coast of Italy and Africa. He continued his service to our country by serving on the Rockford, Illinois draft board during the Vietnam War era.


In honor of McLain Sandstrom, US Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted September 29, 2008 by Diane Collis)

My Dad served in WWII. Has shared many memories and photos. We are proud to have a Father who served his country and is still sharing his life with us.


In honor of Dennis Scheel, US Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 5, 2008 by Denise Smisek)

Bonnie was just a little girl when you left to war. She didn't understand, she just missed her Daddy, Dan, Rod and I were still twinkles in your eye. As adults we now understand that you went to fight for freedom and to keep our country safe. We were so proud when recently you received the Bronze Star and other medals from your tour of duty. What is really awesome is all 50 states THANKED YOU too and we love you.


In honor of Leon Schnobrich - Served in Korea

(Submitted October 3, 2008 by Hannah Schnobrich)

My grandfather, Leon Schnobrich, served in the Korean War. I've never been able to tell him in person how proud I am to be his granddaughter. So, this one's for him.


In honor of Leon Schnobrich, Army - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Springfield (Submitted November 3, 2010 by Vicki Carey)

My dad, Leon Schnobrich, was a gunner on the front lines in Korea. He was proud to serve his country and had fond memories of the soldiers, many of whom gave their lives there. Dad, I honor you and thank you for your faithful service to our country.


In honor of Donald Schrader, US Army - Served in the Korean War

(Submitted November 11, 2008 by Denise Anderson)

Today, Nov. 11th is my father's birthday - he will be 81. Dad just recently gave me his original tin covered Bible that he was issued in 1951 as he entered the Korean War. He carried it with him and speaks of stories where it saved soldiers’ lives by taking bullets meant for them. I now carry it with pride as a reminder of the many sacrifices and extreme courage that all our Veterans must give for our country to remain free. In appreciation and gratitude, thank you Vets and thank you Dad. I love you.


In honor of Clare Schram, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Detroit Lakes (Submitted October 21, 2008 by Renee Specht)

My father was very proud to serve his country in World War II. He served as a Medic and helped save the lives of many servicemen.


In honor of Clare J. Schram, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted December 31, 2008 by Valery J. Schram Heisserer)

Growing up my dad always instilled upon us pride of our country, respect for the American flag. . . to this day I too, feel great pride in our country. God Bless America & all that serve!!!


In honor of Arnold Servaty, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota (Submitted October 21, 2008 by Suzanne Bowman)

Love you Dad and miss you! I know how much voting meant to you and I am honoring you.


In honor of Bob Skillings, Sr., Marine Corps, Served in World War II

Hometown: Ghent, MN (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Bob Skillings, Jr.)

Dad you inspired my interest in public service through your community building efforts. May our new leaders move us ALL forward towards peace, good health, and prosperity.


In honor of Frank Skweres, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted March 2, 2010 by Mike Skweres)

For his service in the South Pacific - Iwo Jima, Saipan, Guadalcanal.


In honor of Alex Sidles, Marine Corps - Serving in Iraq

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kathy Sidles)

With my vote I am honoring my nephew. He is serving our country, for the best of reasons, in Iraq. He has experience and talent working with people of different cultures. He is able to tolerate physical and mental adversity to achieve his goals. He cares that people other than himself are able to pursue a good and free life. He cares so much he has been willing to put himself in harms way. Not all of us have this kind of talent and commitment.


In honor of CW3 Richard Sieber, Army National Guard - Served in the Vietnam War and serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Ramsey, MN (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Jane Sieber)

In honor of my husband of 40 years. I was proud when you served in Vietnam, and am proud of your decision to serve in Iraq.


In honor of Sergeant Richard Sieber II, Army National Guard - Serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: St. Francis, MN (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Jane Sieber)

I'm proud of my son.


In honor of Master Chief Dale Simpson, Navy

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Sharon Simpson)

Dale served in the Navy for 20 years as a Machinist Mate. He served on four different ships, with shore duty in the Great Lakes and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I am so very proud of him!


In honor of SFC Guy Sing, US Army - Serving in Iraq

Hometown: St. James (Submitted October 3, 2008 by Joy Sing)

My tribute is to my son, Guy Sing, currently deployed to Iraq. I am proud of him and all of our troops. We ask a lot of our troops and their families. Other issues have taken over the headlines but please don't forget our troops when you go to vote.


In honor of SFC Guy Sing, US Army - Serving in Iraq - 2nd tour

Hometown: St James, MN (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Larry Unger)

Guy is the son of a friend and I would like to pay tribute to him and all Veterans serving us here in the USA, so that we can go about our business with the freedom of speech, religion and the right to be our own person and have opportunities that few, if any, other nations provide for their citizens. God bless the USA.


In honor of Sgt William Skold Sr, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Carol Skold Uecker)

For giving me life. And for showing me how to live it. We may not always agree on what direction to go, but honoring the country was never in doubt. I will be voting and flying my flag for you. Dad.


In honor of Anthony Smisek, US Navy - Served in Viet Nam

(Submitted November 5, 2008 by Denise Smisek & Family)

Thank you for signing up and serving your country at such a tender age of 17. The girls and I appreciate the freedoms you and fellow service men and women fought to preserve and protect. We love you!


In honor of Franklin Smith, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Vining, Minnesota (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kari Hable)

I proudly vote In honor of my father, Franklin Smith, who served on the USS Enterprise during WWII and helped give us this right to vote. I am proud that my country can look past a man or woman's race and sex and vote on the issues, not race or sex. We've waited a long time for this and my father would be proud of this.


In honor of Captain Robert Smith, Air Force - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: California (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Elizabeth Smith)

My father missed being home when I was born. I was 30 when I discovered he had been highly decorated while serving in Vietnam (distinguished flying cross & bronze star). I wish I had had that inspiration when I was growing up. The bronze star was actually recommended by the US Army, not his own branch of service. Like many others, his story is a small slice of American history.


In honor of Corporal Warren Smith, Army - Served in Korean Conflict

Hometown: Bird Island, Minnesota (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Sandra Pletcher)

Uncle Warren served in the Korean Conflict on the front lines. I'm very proud of him. He died in the spring of 2008.


In honor of E-6 Staff Sergeant Hershel Sommerville, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 8, 2008 by Diane Zellmer)

I vote In honor of my father, SSG Hershel Somerville, who proudly served in the U. S. Army during WWII. He fought in Germany. His unit also was one that freed prisoners of war from a concentration camp. He received honors, including the Purple Heart. My father was a proud American and flew a flag in his yard until the day he died. He taught us all how lucky and proud we should be to be Americans. I love and miss you!


In honor of SSG Sara Speiker, Army Reserve

Hometown: Prior Lake (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Maria Belden)

In honor of my sister who serves for the country she loves. I am proud of her dedication to defending for the rights of others and her passion to vote herself.


In honor of Staff Sgt Peter Spolarich, Air Force - Serving in Kuwait

Hometown: Eveleth, Minnesota (Submitted October 8, 2008 by George Spolarich)

PETE JOINED THE AIR FORCE AFTER GRADUATION FROM EVELETH-GILBERT HIGH SCHOOL. HE ENTERED SERVICE ONE MONTH AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON 9/11. MY FAMILY AND I WILL BE VOTING IN THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN HIS HONOR. I'M A PROUD FATHER OF A LOYAL DFL FAMILY.


In honor of E-5 Staff Sergeant Andrew Stein, Air Force - Served in the Iraqi Freedom Expeditionary Force

Hometown: Albert Lea, MN (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Fred Stein)

Andrew is my son. He was a security policeman and dog handler from 1999-2005. He served in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. In 2004 he was attached to the Secret Service and he was assigned to approximately 25 missions, along with his bomb sniffing dog, Fendy, to protect the presidential candidates and their families during the Presidential Campaign of 2004. Fendy is a Belgian Malanois. She has gone on to serve two times in Iraq in 2007 and 2008. Fendy was reassigned from Grand Forks AFB North Dakota to a base in the state of Washington. Andrew is currently a police officer for the city of Grand Forks North Dakota. Fendy is an affectionate and playful dog, but when the leash is strapped to the collar, and the appropriate commands are given, she is definitely ready to go to work as a bite dog / bomb sniffing dog.


In honor of Harland Stone, Army- Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Arcadia, WI (Submitted October 20 , 2010 by Dawson Stone,)

Grandpa you are my hero!


In honor of Sergeant First Class James Stowe, - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Prairie Village, Kansas (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Susan Stowe)

We are voting because we feel it is our duty to take advantage of this right that so many have served and died for. Especially voting in honor and with extreme pride in our son SFC James Stowe who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 and continues to serve in the Kansas National Guard. May God bless all of our service men and women wherever they may serve and may God bless America.


In honor of William Neils Strand (Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class), US Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Le Sueur, Minnesota (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Patricia Fenstermaker)

My uncle Bill was lost at sea during the Battle of the Solomons in November, 1942. He was one of three brothers serving in the military & also helping to support three sisters at home, one being my mother, Jeannette Rose Strand. He was one of the reasons I, myself, served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.


In honor of Urbin Strege, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Debra Strege)

My father served in World War II. He lives with me now and will turn 93 eight days after this upcoming election. I honor my dad not just because he helped fight against fascism along with others of this greatest generation, but because he taught me to be honest, work hard, remain a vigilant citizen, and to always vote. By action and words, he taught me the lessons learned from the first great Republican Depression of the 1930s and the about our great Democratic hero, Franklin Roosevelt, who saved Democracy for the world. All my life he has had great political foresight. He identified Barack Obama as our next great hope and supported his run for the Presidency long ago. For this and many more reasons, I vote in his honor.


In honor of Lieutenant Josephine Strube, Army- Served in WWII

Hometown: Jackson (Submitted October 28, 2010 by Cathy Buxengard)

Mom, I am so proud of your service to our country. As a nurse in the Army Nurse Corps, you represented comfort and hope for many of our soldiers with devastating wounds. You cared for our soldiers plus those of the enemy who needed your expertise. Our country owes a big debt to you and the members of the ""Greatest Generation"" who saved our country and the world in WWII.


In honor of Corporal Norman Strube, Army- Served in WWII

Hometown: Jackson (Submitted October 28, 2010 by Cathy Buxengard)

Norman was a medic in WWII. He served his country with honor for three years. He was always proud to be a veteran. As a member of the "Greatest Generation" he returned home after the war, and along with other vets, made our community and country what it is today.


In honor of Lt Col Mary Sullivan, Marine Corps

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Mary Sullivan)

Service for the privilege of being a citizen. Honor to all the women who have served their country without recognition, but whose service made a real difference.


In honor of Harry Sundeen, US Army, Served in Vietnam War

Hometown: Anoka (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Jennifer Brown)

My father is an Army Veteran who served in Vietnam. Well over ten years ago he joined the Disabled American Veterans organization and has been very dedicated to helping other Veterans in need and even current active duty personnel. He helps with almost every fundraiser that is held and sometimes multiple hours/days on the same event. A year a half ago, he retired from his job and immediately signed up as a volunteer driver transporting Veterans in need from the community down to the VA Medical Center and Back. My Dad is truly my HERO! Thanks Dad! & Thanks to all who have served our Country.


In honor of Sgt E-5 Harry Sundeen, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Ramsey (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Claudia Sundeen)

My husband served in the United States Army from March 6, 1968 to March 5, 1971. He was in Vietnam for one year of his tour. He retired early from his civilian job 16 months ago. He had to retire because of medical problems he has from fighting for our country. He was wounded while he served in Vietnam. He is a Purple Heart recipient. For many years he would not talk about Vietnam at all because of the way he was treated. He joined the Disabled American Veterans Organization over ten years ago. Since that time he thrives on helping Veterans in any way he can. He is a volunteer driver for Anoka County. He drives Veterans and other people from our community (who cannot drive) to their doctor appointments. His motto is: "Veterans helped me and now it is my turn to help them!" He is my forever hero! We have been married for 40 years now and there isn't one day that goes by that I don't thank God I have him beside me! Thank you Harry for serving our country!!!!!! Thank you also to all Veterans who served our country no matter what your duty was!!!!!


In honor of Alex Svedberg, Army

Hometown: Comfrey, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jane Svedberg-Ballard)

My uncle Alex served our country well. Alex never married and due to learning disabilities always needed some caretaking. He spent many holidays with our family and was a fine example to emulate. He truly enjoyed people, and we loved being with him and learning about his life. We loved him dearly.


In honor of Harvey Svedberg, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Cannon Falls, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lauri Svedberg)

My dad, Harvey Svedberg, spent his life serving our county---as a soldier in WWII and as an educator in our public schools. I am grateful for his service to students and to our nation.


In honor of Sgt Harvey Svedberg, Army - Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: Cannon Falls, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jane Svedberg-Ballard)

My father Harvey Svedberg served in both WW II and the Korean War, a total of over 5 years. He was an honorable, intelligent man. Because of his intelligence and looks (Scandinavian), he was assigned to learn Finnish so he could infiltrate the Soviet Union before they joined the allies. His health suffered from the effects of his dedicated service to the USA, and he passed away at the early age of 74 of complications due to Alzheimer's Disease. The world has lost a great man.


In honor of Private Elmer Svenningsen, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Stamford, CT (Submitted September 3, 2008 by Elsa Svenningsen)

My Father died on Christmas Eve, 1944 in the English Channel when the ship he was on was struck by a Greman U Boat torpedo. My Dad was on a ship called The SS Leopoldville, 763 men lost their Lives. My Father's body was never recovered. I was 11mos Old.


In honor of SPC4 Jacob Swanson, Army - Served in Afghanistan

Hometown: Buffalo (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kathy Swanson)

I'm voting this year In honor of my son, Jacob Swanson. He volunteered to serve our country knowing that deployment would be in his future. Always my baby, also my hero!Thanks for your service, honey. I love you!


In honor of HN Kay Sweeney (Kleinfelder), Navy

Hometown: Moorhead, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jim Kleinfelder)

My sister served the in the US Navy with honor. She was one of my inspirations to enlist in the Navy myself. My hat is off to her!!!


In honor of Carl Swenson, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Svea, Minnesota (Submitted October 3, 2008 by Connie Kallevig-Munson)

I am honoring my Grandfather's brother, Carl Swenson, who took my Grandfather's draft card and went to war in place of my grandfather, Alvin. Carl felt that since my Grandfather had a wife and a child, it was better for him to go. My vote will honor Carl and his sacrifice for his brother.


In honor of Paul Swenson, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: North Branch (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Michele Rehder)

I pay tribute to my grandfather who was stationed in the Pacific Theatre during Hiroshima/Nagasaki. I'm proud of your service to your country.


In honor of Staff Sergeant Robert Szymaszek, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Meriden, CT (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Michael Messinger)

I'm proudly casting my vote this year In honor of my grandfather, S/Sgt Robert J Szymaszek. "Pa," as my brother and I called him, joined the Army and served as a tank crewman in the 9th Armored Division during World War Two. His Combat Command seized the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine River and his tank was one of the first Allied tanks to enter Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star during his unit's advance through Germany. He continued his service after the war by becoming a police officer in his hometown. He was one of the most kind hearted, fun, and loving people the world has seen. He passed away in the summer of 2007, but the memory of him, his service, and all we owe to him, lives on.


In honor of Sergeant Tracy T, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Eagan (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Cathy L)

Tracy is with the 2nd-147 AHB. She served a year in Iraq. We are very proud of her and all the soldiers serving our country. I picked the button up at the National Eagle center in Wabasha, MN.


In honor of Sr. Master Sergeant Bernard Thayer, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Blaine (Submitted August 29, 2008 by Chris Thayer)

Bernard served his country in WWII, "the Big One," as a Master Sergeant with the C Battery of the 243rd Army Armored Field Artillery Battalion under Gen. Patton. Seeing duty in the European Theater in Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne. etc. May He Rest in Eternal Peace. HE LIVED


In honor of Troy Theissen, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Mankato (Submitted October 21, 2008 by Sally Jo Sorensen)

My beloved uncle Troy served in the Pacific theater in World War II. He was a wonderful story teller and I'll never forget his stories about fighting on the Pacific Islands. He also helped organize a plant when he came home. He told me once that "he hadn't fought for his country in order to have management whistle to him on the shop floor like he and other employees were dogs".


In honor of Corporal William Thomas, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Peg Thomas)

This is to my Dad, William, who died when I was 9 years old--he was 37. I don't remember much about him; my mother quickly married because there were 4 girls and no income. That wasn't such a great decision for me. So my dad was always my secret dad. And even after almost everything about him was put away, the things that seemed to come seeping out were photos from the Marines, pictures of China on very tiny sepia photos, Walnuts with thousands of people carved into them, and iron lion bookends. My father was born in Wales, arrived from Wales to Ellis Island at a young age, and died at 37. And so I guess it is fitting that his most documented and memorable years were from when he was in the Marines having adventures and protecting us all. Thanks dad for being valiant.


In honor of Phillip Thompson - Served in World War II

Hometown: Fergus Falls, MN (Submitted August 20, 2010 by Richard Asleson, a nephew)

Phil was a member of the "greatest generation" and served in Europe during World War II. Based in Italy, he flew many combat missions as a waist gunner in a B17. These included bombing missions near Berlin and numerous other places. Over the course of his service, he saw his companions in other planes shot down and lost, had his own plane nearly shot down, and often returned from missions with the plane so damaged it barely flew - one time even having an engine fall off on landing. Fortunately he was never wounded physically but, like all the rest who served, he has had to live and cope with the memories and the horror of it all ever since. Only in recent years has he been able to talk much about it. At the end of each mission they were served coffee and, to Phil, that came to signify the comfort of a safe return. To this day you will rarely find him without a cup of coffee in his hand or close by. We all owe Phil and all the others who served in that war a debt of gratitude for what they did. Except for them, our lives would not be anywhere near what they are today and we owe them all the thanks.


In honor of Jason Timmerman, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Tracy (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Bob Dalager)

Jason died with two others (Jesse Lhotka and David Day) - all from Charlie Company on February 21, 2005. There is no acceptable excuse to not vote, when men like Jason gave their lives for our country.


In honor of Victor Tobias, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Susan Backe)

Victor, we are truly honored by your valiant efforts to serve our beloved great country. Your willing service and personal sacrifice speaks volumes.


In honor of Lt. JG Tom Uecker, US Navy - Served in the Viet Nam War

Hometown: Meriden, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Carol Uecker)

Service interrupted his life but like so many others of his generation, he did his duty. Your family is proud of you!


In honor of Lt. Colonel Floyd Ursy, Marine Corps

(Submitted September 8, 2008 by Matthew Arthur)

I vote in Floyd Ursy's honor for fighting for our right to vote


In honor of Sergeant Dale Vadner, Army - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Paynesville (Submitted November 3, 2010 by Robert Vadner)

I would like to honor my father who proudly served in Korea. My father was wounded during his service, receiving the Purple Heart. My father loved this country very much.


In honor of John VanderMeiden, Army- Served in WWII

Hometown: GrandHaven (Submitted October 16, 2010 by Angie Hipp)

I would like to honor my grandfather, John VanderMeiden Jr. The right to free speech, right to choose our religion and the right to speak our minds. Thank you to my grandfather for fighting for our free country.


In honor of Lance Corporal Victor Vanvactor, Marine Corps - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky (Submitted August 29, 2008 by Paul Osborne)

SEMPERFI. VICTOR: I'LL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY. PAUL


In honor of Victor Vanvactor, US Marine Corps

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Submitted February 15, 2009 by Walter Paul VanVactor)

Thank you Paul Osborne for remembering my brother Victor H. VanVactor. Victor has three brothers and we all thank you for your remembrance and for being Victor's friend. I'm the oldest and was also in the USMC, altho' I did not serve in time of combat. Take care. . . . . . if you're ever in Louisville please look me up.


In honor of Vern “Studley,” US Air Force

This is a long overdue tribute to my father, Vern. (lovingly known as, "Studley". ) He honorably served our nation, protected our individual freedoms and supported his wife and five children with his 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. He devoted his career to serving our Country, thereby protecting the right to vote for each of us. We all should take the time to think of the many rights and freedoms we enjoy, but many times take for granted. The right to vote is one of those freedoms. THANKS DAD! I cast my vote this year In honor of your service, love and support. As an additional tribute to my father, he had two sons and a daughter who also went on to honorably serve in the United States Air Force. Thanks Dad, for all you've done and all you continue to do.


In honor of E-5 (Tech Sgt) Alf Vinje, Air Force - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by John Vinje)

My father passed away earlier this month. He served as a radio-operator/waist-gunner on a B-24 bomber in the Philippine Theatre. He flew over 33 bombing missions and earned the Air Medal with 2 clusters, plus other numerous ribbons & awards. I will always remember my father for instilling in me how important it is to vote.


In honor of Corporal Stanley Vosejpka, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Lonsdale, Minnesota (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Lori Vosejpka)

My dad had an avid interest in politics. He died in January and I will be voting in his honor.


In honor of Sergeant Fred Wagner, US Army - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Chicago (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Paul Wagner)

My Father Fred served two tours in Korea. He had 3 of 9 kids while sending that small check back to the states. He is your classic "Do not make a fuss" servant. He is truly a great American veteran!


In honor of SP-4 William Wagner, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Bertha, Minnesota (Submitted September 25, 2008 by CSM Reno Wells (Retired)

I knew William in High School. William was a very caring person and went out of his way to make a new student feel welcome to the community. I will never forget the day the Army came to our community to advise his family of his death, which occurred near Khanh Hoa. South Vietnam on April 8, 1968. I visited "The Wall" in 1987 and found William's name on Panel 48E - Line 55. I still remember him!


In honor of PFC Gerald (Jerry) Walsh), Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: Southeast Minneapolis (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Steve Slocum)

My father-in-law is Jerry Walsh and he is my hero. Jerry served in the South Pacific with the Second Marine Division from July 3, 1942 to September, 1944. He faced the enemy on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan. He earned the Bronze Star on Saipan. But he had recurring malaria so bad that in September, 1944 he evacuated to the States for R&R. He was treated in Hawaii, Washington, and Klamath Falls, Oregon before his honorable discharge in October 1945. After the war Jerry never stopped fighting, only this time in wasn't the against the Japanese, it was fighting for mentally retarded children and adults. He was the first Executive Director of The ARC of Minnesota in 1957. He and his tiny staff lobbied to improve the disgusting conditions of the State Institution System, a system that treated these people like animals. Today individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are living dramatically better lives thanks to Jerry Walsh; it must be some of that Semper Fidelis spirit. Jerry continues to fight on, but now at 87 years old, the dementia and Parkinson's Disease seem to be winning. In November 2004, days prior to a Tribute to Jerry to celebrate his accomplishments on behalf of the mentally disabled, his health suddenly declined and he required immediate assisted living arrangements. Today my hero is in a nursing home. His still attends meetings of the Minnesota Chapter of the Second Marine Division Association with me. Since he can't vote himself, it is with great honor and pride in PFC Walsh that I do that duty for him. Semper Fi. Jerry.


In honor of Kirk Ward, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jessica Ward-Denison)

I vote to honor my father's service in Vietnam. It was a war that left many wounded in more ways than the Purple Heart he brought home. This vote, this year - is a vote for hope - hope for justice for our Vets, that all Vets be treated with the dignity and respect they have earned by their blood and sacrifice. And the sacrifice of the families that wait at home.


In honor of Horace Wark - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Almora (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Ailene Geiser)

My father served in World War II. I voted in his honor and memory, for his courage and dedication to all of us and our country.


In honor of Sergeant E5 Hugh Warner, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Brainerd, MN (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Stacy Shebeck)

This tribute is to my father. He bravely defended freedom in the Vietnam War. It takes great courage, strength and faith to endure all of the hardships that come with war during and after combat. Few know what it is like to live in fear each and every day. Fearing that they will not live to see their family again, to watch their children grow or to even sleep in peace at night. This is something that no man, woman or child should have to endure. My father knows that feeling all too well. It brings me great sadness to see the long lasting effects of this fear that still haunts my father. Not all are strong enough to leave their children, spouses, parents and lives behind to defend something that most of us take for granted. So my father and all of the men and women who have served or are serving in the armed services should be proud of themselves. And every American should be grateful for their courage and should give them unconditional support. The kind of support not all of our veterans or the men and women currently serving have been given. I love you dad with everything in my soul. Thank you for being the very best dad you knew how to be. You are the strongest man I know and you are my hero. Keep being strong.


In honor of Gregory Washington, Army - Served in the Vietnam War - Purple Heart Recipient

(Submitted January 14, 2009 by Machelle Carter)

I really miss you Gregory Leslie Washington you are the original Greg: O) Watch over us especially Demetrice Nickole Rashonna and Vonnie and the grandkids Kaneya and Kayanna!!


In honor of Private Emil Wasilowski, Army - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Eagan (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Scott Wasilowski) Emil Gilbert Wasilowski 1931-2010

Emil Wasilowski was best known as a tireless and energetic entrepreneur. Starting some eight companies, Wasilowski owned a diverse portfolio of enterprises generally related to the engineering and construction industry. Among Emil’s entrepreneurial enterprises was a venture manufacturing and distributing coconut chips. Emil, inspired by a trip to Hawaii, processed coconuts into thin slices of roasted and salted snacks. Distribution was a family effort with the Wasilowski kids selling cello-packed bags of chips door-to-door in their West St. Paul neighborhood. Among the businesses he started were Wasco Electric, Imperial Engineering, Ebssan Mechanical, Strati-Systems, American Erectors, Sorenson Excavation. Wasilowski also developed real estate in the late 1970s and 80s including Burnell Park Estates and Judicial Knolls subdivisions in Burnsville. He also built several scattered site homes in Burnsville and Eagan. Emil had a special affection for family friends in need of employment and for newly-arrived immigrants. He mentored and hired engineers from the former Soviet bloc and Africa – giving grateful students and political refugees their first break in America. He made them part of his extended family and taught his children the value of diversity and mutual respect. He loved all things mechanical and could with great ingenuity fix any machine put before him. While running a small engine repair shop, he was once seen fixing a lawn mower carburetor with a single edge razor blade. He charged his customer full price. Born to Emil and Anne Wasilowski of St. Cloud, Minnesota in February 1931, Emil attended Cathedral High School. The eldest of four children, Emil was an energetic young man (some might say “troubled”) whose vitality was channeled in a Golden Gloves boxing program. During his senior year in high school he won his division in the Golden Gloves Regional Tournament in Chicago and went on to win two back to back National Championships in is weight class in 1945 1nd 1946. He enjoyed a brief professional career winning all ten of his pro fights. Upon graduation from high school he worked as a gandy-dancer, switchman and brake-man for the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1950 he was drafted by the U. S. Army and served a two year commitment in the 82nd Airborne Division. He made 33 successful jumps. His military training stuck with him as he often had his children “dress right” and then take a photo of his small but growing “company.” In June 1952 he married Burnell Gregory. On leaving the military he attended electronics school and continued to work for the railroad.

His interest in electronics led him into the emerging field of solid state electronics, radar, guided missiles and missile guidance systems. After completing electronics school, he became the chief engineer for radio station WAHA in Anniston, Alabama and worked for a short time at a local television station in Andalusia, Alabama. Employed later by Philco Corporation, Emil worked as an electrical engineer. Assigned to an Army contract installing a radar ground station in Dillingham, Alaska Emil started to fly small airplanes. While in Dillingham he helped bring electrical power to a remote Inuit village. While at Philco, he worked as a civilian instructor at the Redstone Arsenal (now the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center) in Huntsville, Alabama. His work there included design of missile guidance systems for the Corporal Rocket and the Redstone Rocket -- which was later upgraded to launch Alan Shepard into sub-orbital flight in 1961. With energy to spare, Emil started a residential electrical contracting firm: Wasco Electric. After a few years in Alabama, his interest in electronics landed him a position in Minneapolis with Univac in the emerging field of mainframe computers. At Univac, Email attended the company’s electronics training program and worked in the Core Memory Design Department and later in Logic Memory Design Department. He supervised the installation of missile guidance computers and Command and Control Center simulators for the U. S. Navy. He was part of the Univac team that installed the missile guidance system on the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier -- USS John F. Kennedy -- and a research computer at Queens College in London. His work at Univac also included engineering oversight for missile tracking stations used to monitor the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo manned space program. His work took him to many parts of the globe including Ascension Island, England, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, Portugal and Spain. While at Univac he continued to pursue his interest in aviation eventually earning a private pilot’s license. In the late 1960s he left Univac to go to work for a Control Data Corporation where he worked as a program manager for about two years. But bitten by the entrepreneurial bug,he launched Imperial Engineering – a residential heating and air-conditioning company. During a recession in the late 1970s this company failed but re-emerged as an industrial engineering company, Ebssan Mechanical. This company (an anagram of the Wasilowski family names) focused on materials handling systems in the feed and grain industry – installing conveyors and dust collection systems in countless grain elevators in the mid-west. At its peak the company employed nearly 150 people including family members and friends in need of summer work. One of its conveyor system designs was instrumental in the success in the first maintenance-free battery developed by Gould National Battery.

It was during this period that Emil acquired his first airplane – a Cessna 210. He used the aircraft for personal and business use often taking clients on entertainment junkets and his family on vacations to Florida and St Simons Island, Georgia. He owned several 210s over the years. Always the deal-maker, he once traded a pickup truck for an experimental aircraft – a single seat, parasol wing, Stolp Starlett. It was in this airplane that his grandson August got his first (unauthorized) airplane ride. Emil’s trips to Gould’s headquarters in Chicago exposed him to engineers at Motorola who were in need of a low-energy consuming shelter to house microwave radio stations for installation in harsh desert environments. A design by Emil and his engineers was presented and, after testing, accepted by Motorola. The result was yet another engineering concern: Strati-Systems. The shelter was a success and many units were installed in Algeria and Tunisia along the oil pipelines being built in the region in the 1980s. Emil spent several months in the desert supervising installation and testing. During these years Emil had an interest in developing real estate – constructing single family homes and developing land in Eagan and Burnsville. Emil developed and acquired several more construction and engineering companies until his retirement in 2007. Emil’s enthusiasm for business sometimes came at a cost – both financial and personal. He once endured a period of total blindness as the result of a job site accident. His occasional disputes with creditors, partners and the I. R. S. are a part of his legend. Friend and attorney Judge Tom Murphy of St. Paul once quipped that “Emil had taken so many baths over the years that he would never need to shower.” Family friend and former employee, Jim Mahady reflecting on Emil’s charity and character, once referred to Emil as a “saint and a sinner.” Emil never feared failure. Failure to him was an opportunity to learn, dust off and try again. In 1987 Burnell passed away and several years later Emil met Judy Schwengler. After a brief courtship, Judy and Emil were married in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1993. Judy and Emil enjoyed traveling, fishing and the company of their large family: numbering nine children, seventeen grand-children and three great-grandchildren. Along with many nieces and nephews, countless friends and former employees, Emil is survived by his wife Judith, children Steve (Laura), Stan, Spencer (Jean), Stuart (Michelle), Anne (Adam Ramsey), Nancy (Morgan Krueger) , Scott (Tracy), Rick (Angie) Schwengler, Kathy (Fran) Burke, two sisters Luanne (Jim) Greenlund and Mary Kay (Don) Kivisto, and his sister-in-law Jeanette. In addition to Burnell, Emil was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jack. His good will, self-determination, and zest for life endure in all who knew him.


In honor of Sergeant Alan Watt, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: White, SD (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Dawn Evans)

I Thank my Grandfather for fighting for our freedoms! Thank you!


In honor of Lt William Wearn, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Milaca (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Lee Whitney)

This tribute is for My Grampa who served, enlisted in WW2, then commissioned in Korea.


In honor of Brett Willhite, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Gaylord (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Rick Willhite)

Among Brett's missions was one to allow 'another soldier to come home to his family.' He could have accepted a job in the relative safety of a base, but chose to do convoy security instead. We are proud of him, his sacrifice, his sense of duty and his bravery. A job well done!We love you!!--Dad


In honor of Patrick Wilson, Marine Corps - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Lakeville (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Kelly Detloff)

My dad is a hero in my eyes and always will be.


In honor of SGT James Witkowski, Army Reserve - Served in Operation Iraq Freedom III

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Jeff D'Andrea)

SGT James Witkowski. Your brave actions on your fatal day will always be remembered and you will live in the hearts of those as a true hero.


In honor of SPC Patrick Woodgate, Army National Guard - Serving in the Middle East

Hometown: Bloomington (Submitted October 1, 2008 by Marilyn McClay)

I wish to honor my nephew, SPC Patrick Woodgate, who is currently deployed in the Middle East. Patrick is very proud to be able to serve his country in the current conflict and able to preserve freedom for all of us in the USA.


In honor of SPC Patricak Woodgate, Army National Guard - Serving in the Sandbox

Hometown: Bloomington, MN (Submitted October 1, 2008 by Trish Woodgate)

To my husband, Patrick, who is currently serving overseas. I love you and we are all so proud of you!


In honor of Robert Woodruff, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Patty Woodruff)

To honor my father for fighting for freedom for all of us.


In honor of Richard Young, Navy - Served in World War II Seabees

Hometown: Rochester, NY (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Susan Young)

My Dad talked very little about his service experiences, however, he made sure that I knew that voting was a privilege and an obligation that he and his friends sacrificed to protect for me. He helped me register to vote on my 18th birthday. He made sure that I understood all sides of ballot issues or that I had done my homework to decide which candidate I would support by quizzing me on WHY I was making that decision. He never disagreed with my decisions. The one time that I failed to vote I received the longest and most emotional lecture that I ever received from him, referencing his friends that didn't come home from the Pacific. His friends that did who were changed, and his service. He stated that voting was the honor and the duty that I owed them, and I could engage in protests, wave signs on TV, and argue with him about elected officials and public policies. But if I ever did not vote again I could stop coming home, forever. I miss him and vote in his honor.


In honor of Mickey Zahn, US Army - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN (Submitted November 14, 2008 by Delbert Holmin)

Killed in action 2005.


In honor of Margaret Zapor, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Anne Loring)

My Aunt Margaret Loring enlisted in the WACS as a young woman during World War II. One of six brothers and sisters, she had been raised in Canada by US-born parents and was the first Canadian-born woman to serve in the WACS. She was stationed in war-torn Europe, providing communications support for combat troops. At one time she even patched through a call for General Eisenhower. After returning home, she married a fellow veteran, Hank Zapor, and ended up raising their four children alone when she was widowed suddenly at a young age. Now in her eighties, she lives in Tucson, AZ. We are proud of our Aunt Margaret, her courage in venturing far from home to serve her country and her determination and toughness throughout her life.


In honor of Specialist Christopher Zaspel, US Army - Served in the War on Terrorism

Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Cindy McLean)

It has always been my honor to vote in our elections! This year I am actually voting In honor of three veterans in my family. Terrance McLean, my dad, served in the US Army during Korea. Larry McLean, my uncle, served on the USS Warrington during WWII and was killed when the ship was lost in a hurricane. Lastly, I vote In honor of my son, Spc Christopher Zaspel serving with the US Army. He has done one tour in Afghanistan and is due to deploy again in the next couple of months. I am so proud of all our military and what they have done to keep our country free! Voting is a very special freedom that we have and we owe our thanks to all these very special Heroes!


In honor of Herbert Zimmerman, Army - Served During the Korean Conflict

Hometown: Janesville, MN (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Nancy (Zimmerman) Flitter)

You will always be my HERO, Dad!


In honor of Nathan Zimmerman, Army National Guard - Serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Janesville, MN (Submitted September 29, 2008 by Nancy Flitter)

Thanks, Nathan, for all you have given, and continue to give every day of your life!


In honor of Thomas Zimmerman, US Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Southhaven, MS (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Nan (Zimmerman) Flitter)

Thomas, you have been the Lord's soldier your whole life through. Thanks for the " inspiration"!


In honor of Private First Class Chester Zimniewicz, Army - Served World War II

Hometown: St. Paul, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jeanne (Zimniewicz) Christopher)

This election I will cast my vote In honor of my dad, Chester Zimniewicz, who served our country dutifully and valiantly during World War II. He was in an Army engineering battalion who, along with thousands of others, landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy on D-Day. Later he was injured and earned a Purple Heart. Also, like others of his generation, he rarely spoke of the war or his contribution toward it. Nonetheless, my family has always been very proud of his service. I never got around to thanking Dad, so with this vote I cast on November 4th, In honor of him, I say "thanks.”


In honor of Joseph Zubert, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Eveleth (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Patti Chopp)

Thank you so much dad for everything you did for our country and for everything you do for me every day.