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Four Minnesota Guard Soldiers added to Court of Honor

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn -- Four Minnesota National Guard Soldiers were inducted into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor Oct 7, 2012 during a recognition ceremony at the Hangar conference facility at Camp Ripley, Minn

Honored during the ceremony were:  Brig Gen Timothy M Kennedy, Col Leslie F Chisholm, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Larry J Sharon and 1st Sgt Merlin E Ellefson


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The Soldiers were inducted into the Court of Honor and their names engraved, joining 310 others since 1933 in a monument near the Minnesota Military Museum  They were recognized for their unwavering dedication, loyalty and distinguished service to the Minnesota National Guard

“It is truly an honor to be able to host this outstanding event in which we recognize the service to our state and country of these four individuals,” said Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander

The inductees join a group of former Soldiers and honorees whose service dates back 147 years

“I was completely shocked,” said Sharon, when he first heard of his nomination to the Court of Honor “At first I didn’t know what I did to be nominated and considered for this award Then after talking with my family, it started to sink in”

Fellow inductee Chisholm felt the same

“I didn’t think my service was at the same level as those who were inducted before me,” he said “When I was up on the stage, it all hit me All the people I’ve seen, all the people I served with, and all my experiences came back to me”

In addition to the Court of Honor ceremony, Camp Ripley dedicated Air Traffic Control Tower 5 to Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Nichols, Chief Warrant Officer’s 2 Mark Nelson and Dale Schmidt, and Staff Sgts Larry Roalstad and James Teel, who died in a helicopter crash at Camp Ripley on March 13, 1993

The Memorialization Board selects Soldiers for their service to the Minnesota National Guard, as well as continued service to their communities The board reviews the nominations received and forwards recommendations to the Minnesota Adjutant General for approval

Story and photos by Sgt Daryl Sanford
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
Oct 7, 2012




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