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Families of the missing in action fight time and bureaucracy

November 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

CHAMBERSBURG Pa. — In April 1943, when Ronald Norford was 10, his older brother Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy and shipped out on a submarine patrolling the waters off Japan as World War II was reaching full boil.
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Number of vets using benefits increasing

May 31, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

They’ve been to places most Americans will never see, under conditions no one wants to think about, in countries with names most people cannot spell. Now, more than half of the country’s nearly 22 million living veterans are receiving at least one benefit or service guaranteed to them because of their service to the nation an increase of more than 1 million veterans over four years, said Meagan Lutz, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, D.C. Continue Reading

VFW looks to community members to help raise funds for memorial

July 24, 2012 in The Osakis Review

In the summer of 2013, the Osakis community will have a space to commemorate the men and women in the Armed Forces.
The Osakis VFW has joined forces with the Osakis Women’s Association and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary to raise funds to help build the Osakis Armed Forces Memorial in Bill Sliper Lions Park. Continue Reading

Last Vietnam-era draftee is retiring from Army

July 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A homemade wind chime with the word “Whining” under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his leg after a parachute accident. Every Sunday he trims his crew cut. He didn’t join the Army willingly, but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he’s grateful he found his calling. Continue Reading

Soldier killed in Korea, comes home to Minnesota

May 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Sgt. Ralph Carlson is coming home, 60 years too late. Carlson left his hometown of Braham, Minn., in September 1950 and arrived in Korea three months later. A tank driver for the Army’s 25th Infantry Division, Carlson was stationed about 10 miles north of Seoul. He was 22. Continue Reading

Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan

May 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan paused Monday to remember the fallen in Memorial Day services, as a war nearly a decade old trudges on. Continue Reading

Soldiers get free admission to N.D. historic sites

May 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota State Historical Society is taking part in a national program called Blue Star Museums that provides free admission to active-duty military personnel. Continue Reading

U.S. troops in Afghanistan hold candlelight Memorial Day ceremony

May 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Nearly a decade later, after more than 1,400 killed in combat, some U.S. troops paused for a moment Sunday to remember what brought America to Afghanistan and to honor the lives that continue to be lost. Continue Reading

N.D. National Guard unit put on alert

May 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has been notified that it might be called to duty.
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Obama: U.S. will turn over control of Libya effort

March 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The four-day air assault in Libya will soon achieve the objectives of establishing a no-fly zone and averting a massacre of civilians by Moammar Gadhafi’s troops, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, adding that despite squabbling among allies, the United States will hand off control of the operation to other countries within days. Continue Reading

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