Veteran Looks Down the Sights of Legacy and Brotherhood

Vietnam Veteran (Spc.4 )Richard Hokenson interacts with fellow snipers and Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Combined Arms Battalion - 136th infantry Oct. 10, 2020 on Camp Ripley

November 10, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – In March of 1970, Spc.4 Rick Hokenson was a part of a 90-man company that marched out of their firebase in South Vietnam in order to patrol an area known as the “Dog’s Head” near the Cambodian border. Richard Hokenson, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was assigned as a… Continue reading Veteran Looks Down the Sights of Legacy and Brotherhood

A Century Ago: 1918 Flu Took Red Bulls Before the Fight

Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in this 1918 file photo. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed at least 20 million people worldwide and officials say that if the next pandemic resemblers the birdlike 1918 Spanish flu, to 1.9 million Americans could die. (AP Photo/National Museum of Health)

May 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the world battles the impact of the COVID-19 virus, a century ago a different pandemic spread globally, impacting Minnesota Soldiers who were preparing to go to war. Some say it started in Kansas. Infected farm boys became soldiers. The virus easily spread in the close quarters of… Continue reading A Century Ago: 1918 Flu Took Red Bulls Before the Fight

Stillwater Honors WWII Last Man

STILLWATER, Minnesota – Stillwater’s newest Army recruit honored Stillwater’s WWII Last Man in a ceremony at the Stillwater National Guard Armory Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. The final commemorative star was ceremoniously applied to the Last Man plaque by Pvt. Coty Ross, 17, the newest Army National Guard recruit to serve in the Stillwater armory. He recently returned from US Army Basic Training and will go to Advanced Individual Training next summer after graduating high school. Stillwater’s Last Man was Pvt. 1st Class Jean L. DeCurtins who passed away Aug. 14, 2019 at the age of 100. He was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple Hearts for his service in Africa and Italy during WWII. He was in Stillwater’s D Company, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. Prior to his death he was the last man in Stillwater’s “A and D Last Man Club” which was comprised of soldiers from A and D Companies who trained together at the Stillwater Armory as part of the Minnesota National Guard and were activated together for service in World War II. DeCurtins was the last man from the World War II group.

November 4, 2019 (STILLWATER, Minnesota) – Stillwater’s newest Army recruit honored Stillwater’s WWII Last Man in a ceremony at the Stillwater National Guard Armory Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. The final commemorative star was ceremoniously applied to the Last Man plaque by Pvt. Coty Ross, 17, the newest Army National Guard recruit to serve in the… Continue reading Stillwater Honors WWII Last Man

Stillwater Armory Honors WWII Last Man

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2019 STILLWATER, Minnesota – Stillwater’s newest Army recruit will honor Stillwater’s Last Man in a ceremony at the Stillwater National Guard Armory Monday, 4 Nov. at 10 a.m. The final commemorative star will be ceremoniously applied to the Last Man plaque by Pvt. Coty Ross, 17, the newest Army National… Continue reading Stillwater Armory Honors WWII Last Man

34th Infantry Division Association hosts 72nd annual Division Reunion

The 34th Infantry Division conducted its 72nd Annual Reunion Oct. 4-5 2019. The Reunion was hosted by the Commander’s Own Chapter of the 34th Infantry Division Association at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. On Friday Red Bulls and their families met at Valhalla for dinner and festivities. On Saturday Camp Ripley conducted a tour of their Environmental Office and driving tours of the training and range facilities. The Division Historian briefed the members on the Division’s recent deployment to Kuwait to command Task Force Spartan. This was followed by a tour of the Minnesota Military Museum and the Division Association business meeting. The final event was a banquet dinner with guest speaker Andy Biggio.

Oct. 17, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The 34th Infantry Division’s 72nd Annual Reunion was conducted Oct. 4-5, 2019. This two-day event was hosted by the Commander’s Own Chapter of the 34th Infantry Division Association at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. On Friday, Red Bulls and their families met at Valhalla for dinner and refreshments. This reception… Continue reading 34th Infantry Division Association hosts 72nd annual Division Reunion

Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

March 1, 2018 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota)  –– “The battlefront is no place for women to be,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. “There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can’t do … the battlefront is no place for women to be.… Continue reading Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

100 Years Ago, Camp Cody’s “Grand Old Man” formed 34th Infantry Division

Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917. In 1885 he married his wife of forty-six years, Sarah Griswold Beaumont Leuffer.

By Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer Minnesota National Guard Command Historian Jan. 10, 2018 – Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards,… Continue reading 100 Years Ago, Camp Cody’s “Grand Old Man” formed 34th Infantry Division

Minnesota and Alabama meet again 150 years after Gettysburg

First Minnesota reenactors gather at the First Minnesota monument on the Gettysburg battlefield, July 2, 2013. A task force of Minnesotans traveled to Gettysburg on the 150th anniversary of the battle to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment, July 1-3, 2013. The group consisted of Minnesota's political and military leadership, students and historians. Photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer, Minnesota National Guard

GETTYSBURG, Penn- The Plum Run ravine would be an insignificant tributary to an unknown river in a small Pennsylvania market town were it not for the Battle of Gettysburg where the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment charged a vastly superior Confederate force, sacrificing themselves to save the Union line This bloody valley was the setting for… Continue reading Minnesota and Alabama meet again 150 years after Gettysburg

Decade of change transforms Red Bulls

Everything changed on Sept. 11, 2001 and the 34th Infantry Division’s mission was no exception. The 34th Infantry Division was the first National Guard Division to transform to the Army’s modular and expeditionary Brigade Combat Team structure allowing greater flexibility in mission planning and the ability to specifically tailor the force to each individual mission.… Continue reading Decade of change transforms Red Bulls