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Veterans Tributes A - F


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.