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         Frank Grittner 6th District Chaplain

18881 Boston St NW | Elk River, MN 55330

 Home: 763-441-7102 Cell:763-232-3526  |  almndist6chaplain@gmail.com

 

So, rumor has it that Spring is on the way.  While I write this, the temps are below zero, so please forgive me if I seem a bit skeptical.  I’m sure all the ice fishermen (and women) are loving the cold weather as cold weather means thicker ice.  And the one thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t like the weather in Minnesota, give it a couple of hours, it will change.  One great thing is the days are getting longer.  It sure is good to have some sunshine.

Please keep checking on your friends, neighbors, and any community members that might need a little extra help in the cold weather.  As I’ve said before, it truly is amazing what a friendly face and a “How are you?” will lift the spirits.

Reminder that I need all information for the 6th District Convention memorial service by 05-May-2022.  Along with member names, I need the Post, Unit, or Squadron number they belong to.  I need this information from The American Legion Posts, Auxiliary Units, and SAL Squadrons in the 6th District.  The sooner you turn this information in to me, the better.  You do not need to resubmit those names that I have already received for the TAPS notices in the newsletter.

Until next time, May God bless a keep us all,

Frank Grittner

 

Deceased Name

Age

Date of Death

Branch of Service

Era of Service

Post #

Post City

Ralph Schwagel

100

12/21/2020

Army

WWII

292

Richmond

Victor Schmitz

91

12/28/2020

Army

Korea

292

Richmond

Melvin Kammens

81

12/28/2020

Marine Corps

Vietnam

292

Richmond

Delbert E. Minske

87

1/2/2021

Army

Korea

202

Hackensack

LeRoy Chapin

82

7/1/2021

Navy

Vietnam

12

Long Prairie

Donald W. McVeigh

83

10/31/2021

Air Force

Vietnam

147

Big Lake

Al Wettstein

91

11/5/2021

Army

Korea

12

Long Prairie

Bill Elfering

82

11/18/2021

Army

Vietnam

328

St Joseph

Leslie B. Berry

90

11/20/2021

Navy

Korea

12

Long Prairie

Deceased Name

Age

Date of Death

Branch of Service

Era of Service

Post #

Post City

Robert F. Rau

80

11/21/2021

Navy

Vietnam

328

St Joseph

Dennis E. Koep

88

11/29/2021

Army

Korea

254

Sauk Rapids

Larry L. Bybee

79

12/16/2021

Army

Vietnam

100

Pillager

Steve H. Meemken

71

12/22/2021

Army

Vietnam

254

Sauk Rapids

Donald H. Wester

84

1/8/2022

Army

Vietnam

112

Elk River

Andrew E. Hudalla

76

1/13/2022

Army

Vietnam

12

Long Prairie

Clifford N. Kimball

101

1/17/2022

Army

WWII

212

Park Rapids

Sidney B. Lawrence

94

1/18/2022

Army

WWII

212

Park Rapids

Richard "Pappy" Martin, Sr.

70

1/25/2022

Army

Vietnam

212

Park Rapids

Patrick "Pat" J. Kalahar

81

1/25/2022

Army National Guard

Vietnam

46

Little Falls

Dean K. Swanson

75

1/31/2022

Army National Guard

Vietnam

212

Park Rapids

James "Jim" L. Howe

74

2/7/2022

Army

Vietnam

560

Zimmerman

Myron "Mike" Berge

81

2/8/2022

Army

Korea

560

Zimmerman

Edward P. Loechler

79

2/11/2022

Air Force

Vietnam

202

Hackensack

Oswald Thelen

97

 

Army

WWII

328

St Joseph

Jay Kennedy

   

Army

Persian Gulf

134

Walker

John Ford

   

Navy

Vietnam

134

Walker

 

 

Taps Data Form

Complete Name of Deceased:                                                Date of Death:                           Age at Death:                    Branch of Service:                                                        War(s)/Era(s) Served:                                                     Post/Squadron Deceased Belonged to:                                       Additional Service Information:                                         

Additional Legion Service Information:                            Submitted By:                           Submitted Date:                 

 

 

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VETERAN INTERMENT (BURIAL) INFORMATION

Jim Hovda – Post 0473

 

THIS IS IMPORTANT - -  These are the things you need to keep in mind:

1.         Discuss  with family or loved ones what you want and put it in writing.

2.         If you desire military honors, there two types.  The first, “military honors” and second, “full military honors.”  The first, flag folding and presentation.  That’s it.  The second, includes a firing detail, taps, flag folding and presentation.  The differences are important.  When communicating with the funeral home folks you need to be very specific in telling them exactly what you want.  Have them repeat  to you they  know and understand your desires.  It is their responsibility  to ensure that this is done.  If this is a cremation, the service will provide the flag.  If you re in charge of  arranging  the interment and military honors you need to contact Major (Ret) “Chris” Vanhofweten, 651/282-4570 for info on the people you need to coordinate with.  If your loved one is being interred in a military cemetery they may have it all in place.  Your very first call should be to your County Veterans Service Officer who will be happy to assist you.  Write down your contact numbers and store them  in a safe place.

3.         Some legion posts will, if they have the resources, be able to provide flags and a prayer service at a wake or at interment.  In addition, some posts will provide taps and a flag presentation (3 x 5 flag) as authorized in the manuals for S.A.L. and Auxiliary members.

 

 


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