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Soldiers memorialized in Court of Honor

Six Minnesota National Guard Soldiers were inducted into Camp Ripley Training Center's Court of Honor in an induction ceremony September 21 

Inducted into the Court of Honor were 1st Sgt (Ret) Jerome R Bentz, of New Ulm; Master Sgt (Ret) Charles Farrow of Vadnais Heights; Lt. Col. (Bevert) (Ret) Jack K Johnson, of Stillwater; Sgt Maj (Ret) Allan Knutson of Grove City; Cpl (Ret) Edmund Motzko of Sauk Center; and Chief WO4 (Ret) Leonard J Posch, of Little Falls

"This is the highest honor I have ever received," said Motzko, after the ceremony 

Motzko attributes his selection to the Court of Honor from his service during World War II, where he was part of the unit that helped rescue 10 survivors of a forced labor camp in Gardelegen, Germany, where 1,016 people were burned alive in the wake of retreating Nazi troops in 1944

When he first heard about the Court of Honor, Motzko read the citations of previous inductees "After I got interested, I looked at the other resumes, and thought "˜I just may be worthy'"

The Soldiers were selected for their service to the Minnesota National Guard from nominations received by March this year A board of active and retired Minnesota National Guardsmen and civilian employees review the submissions, and forward recommendations to  Maj. Gen. Larry W Shellito, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, for final approval 

The Court of Honor has been recognizing the efforts of Minnesota National Guard Soldiers for 75 years, and has honored 386 Soldiers in all But there are more to be recognized, according to Brig Gen (Ret) John Cox, master of ceremonies of the event and board member, and encourages everyone to send in their recommendations

"We know there are a lot of older individuals out there what we don't remember," he said "Get their names in"

Written by Sgt Daryl Sanford,
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Sept 24, 2008




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