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Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota Guard names Court of Honor dignitaries

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn -- Eight people were inducted into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor Oct 2, during a recognition ceremony at the John W Vessey Jr Recreational Center at Camp Ripley, Minn
Memorialized were Senator Rodney D Grams, Army Lt. Col. Jay Beebe, Army Chief Warrant Officer 5's Richard W Hathaway and Thomas L Maxwell, Command Sergeants Major Robert L Boone and Ronald D Kness, and Army Sergeants Major Quinton G Hedstrom and Michael C Mettile

"These individuals were inducted into the Court of Honor and their names engraved to join 302 others since 1933 in a monument near the Minnesota Military Museum for their unwavering dedication and loyalty to the Minnesota National Guard," said Minnesota Army National Guard Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley post commander

"The Court of Honor is a lasting tribute to those who through dedicated service to State and Nation attained uncommon prestige or who have performed otherwise highly distinguished service over an extended period of years," said Minnesota Army National Guard Col Jon Jensen, chief of staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, during the ceremony

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The inductees join a group of former Soldiers and honorees whose service dates back more than 100 years
"It's humbling to be part of this prestigious group," said retired Command Sgt Maj Ronald Kness, who was nominated partly for his unparalleled vision and leadership, as well as his efforts to create and maintain a positive command climate

Kness said although he has been to the Court of Honor many times to read the names, "I never thought I would be part of that group"
Retired US Senator Rodney Grams shared the same feelings

"I was humbled and honored just to be nominated," said Grams, "and even more so after being selected"

Grams was inducted to the Court of Honor for his steadfast efforts to help the Minnesota National Guard secure funding to build Camp Ripley's Combined Support Maintenance Shop, which was dedicated in his name in a separate ceremony, and a new armory in Mankato, Minn

Additionally, during the Court of Honor induction ceremony, members of the 47th "Viking" Infantry Division were recognized for their service during the Korean War The division was never sent into combat as a division; instead, Soldiers were leveraged individually to supplement Soldiers in other Army units
The Memorialization Board selects Soldiers for their service to the Minnesota National Guard as well as continued service to their communities from  They review the nominations received and forward recommendations to the Adjutant General for approval

3 Oct, 2011
Story and photos by Sgt Daryl G Sanford
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

Camp Ripley Court of Honor Induction Ceremony (video)
2 Oct, 2011

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