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Final arrangements announced for three fallen Minnesota National Guard Soldiers

The funeral details for Sgt Bryan T McDonough, Age 22, of Maplewood and Sgt Corey J Rystad, Age 20, of Red Lake Falls have been announced Sgt McDonough and Sgt Rystad died in Fallujah, Iraq on December 2nd when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle The two Soldiers were assigned to B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry in Crookston, Minnesota McDonough and Rystad have been promoted posthumously from the rank of Specialist to Sergeant

The funeral details for Sgt Nicholas D Turcotte, Age 23, of Maple Grove have been announced Sgt Turcotte was killed on December 4th when his armored security vehicle rolled over on a road near Al Nasiriyia The vehicle was escorting a logistics convoy with Soldiers of the West St Paul-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry The accident was not the result of hostile enemy action, and the cause is under investigation

Sgt Bryan T McDonough

Wake (Open to Media)
3 pm to 8 pm
Monday, Dec 11
Mueller-Bies Funeral Home
2130 Dale ST N
Roseville, MN 55113
Funeral (Closed to the Media)
10 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday, Dec 12
Cathedral of St Paul
239 Selby AVE
St Paul, MN 55102

Interment (Open to Media)
12 pm to 12:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec 12
Ft Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th AVE S
Minneapolis, MN 55450
Cards and flowers:
Mueller-Bies Funeral Home
c/o: McDonough Family
2130 N Dale St
Roseville, MN 55113


Donations:
The McDonough Family
c/o Minnesota National Guard
3300 W 98th ST
Bloomington, MN 55431






Sgt Corey J Rystad

Visitation (Open to Media)
5 pm to 8 pm
Tuesday, Dec 12
Red Lake Falls School District:
Lafayette High School
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
(School Phone 218-253-4480)
Funeral (Remote Video Open to Media, no Media in Church)
2 pm to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec 13
St Josephs Catholic Church
112 Edward AVE NE
Red lake Falls, MN 56750

Interment (Open to Media)
4 pm to 4:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec 13
St Josephs Cemetery (3 miles from church)
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
Cards and Flowers:
The Rystad Family
c/o Minnesota National Guard
1801 University AVE North
Crookston, MN 56716


Donations:
Unity Bank North
c/o James Rystad
210 Main Street
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
218-253-2143





Sgt Nicholas D Turcotte

Visitation (Closed to Media)
9:30 am to 11 am
Friday, Dec 15
Church of St Vincent de Paul
9100 93rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Funeral (Closed to Media)
11 am to 12 pm
Friday, Dec 15
Church of St Vincent de Paul
9100 93rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


Interment (Closed to Media)
1:30 pm to 2 pm
Friday, Dec 15
Ft Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th AVE S
Minneapolis, MN 55450

Cards and flowers:
The Turcotte Family
c/o Evans Nordby Funeral Home
34 2nd ST NE
Osseo, MN, 55369

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lt Col Kevin Olson, 651-268-8949 (Office), 651-775-4392 (Cell)

Sgt. Bryan T. McDonough

Sgt. Corey J. Rystad

Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte





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Posted: 2016-08-25  03:26 PM
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Posted: 2016-08-19  01:53 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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- 133rd Airlift Wing, St. Paul
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Posted: 2016-08-19  08:22 AM
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General John W. Vessey, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 29 June 1922. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in May 1939 while still in high school, becoming a member of Headquarters, 59th Field Artillery Brigade, 34th Infantry Division. He was only 16 and fibbed about his age to join. With other members of his unit he was called to active duty in February 1941. When war came, the 34th became the first American division sent to Europe, where it initially fought in North Africa and then in Italy. A natural leader, Vessey rose quickly in the enlisted ranks until 6 May 1944 when, pinned down on the Anzio Beachhead amidst high casualties, the 21-year old battery first sergeant was given a battlefield commission and sent forward to direct artillery fire.

Vessey decided to stay in the Army after war. During his first 30 years of military service, he spent most of his time in combat divisions. In addition to his World War II assignment with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy, Vessey served with the 4th Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division in Germany, the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and was commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado.

He attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also graduated from the University of Maryland. His love of flying prompted him to earn his wings, which he always wore proudly. When he graduated from the Army Helicopter School in 1970, he was 15 years older than the next oldest student.



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Posted: 2016-08-18  10:49 AM
Power of One Fun Run CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - A 5K run/walk event was held for Minnesota National Guard service members Saturday at Camp Ripley.

This event is one of two in the series of fun runs hosted by the Resilience, Risk Reduction & Suicide Prevention, or R3SP.

"Soldiers truly enjoyed this alternative training option. The smiles that were on the participants faces when they crossed the finish line showed they had fun," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeanette Chaffee of R3SP.



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