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Camp Ripley Court of Honor inducts three

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY -- The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board recently added three new inductees into the Camp Ripley Court of Honor The Court of Honor induction ceremony honored Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gary D Arne, Command Sgt Maj Howard Zins and Staff Sgt Melvin J Grams at the Camp Ripley Hangar Conference Center, October 6

Arne began his military career at 19 and flew various missions including resupply, combat assaults and medical evacuations based at United States Marine Corps Base Chu Lai During his tours he was shot down six times and two of those times he had to escape and evade the enemy back to friendly lines During his deployment to Vietnam, he flew more than 1,300 combat flight hours

He was instrumental in training pilots for tours in Iraq and Afghanistan He deployed to Iraq in 2008 as the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade's Tactical Operations Officer Arne retired from the Minnesota National Guard after more than 40 years of military service He continues his service to the country as a civilian instructor at Fort Rucker, Ala, training future Army pilots

"It [Court of Honor] is a very prestigious group to be part of," said Arne "When you're gone for a couple of years you say that they forgot about you, obviously they didn't and I'm back and I'm very, very honored"

Zins began his career in 1961 with the Army Reserve and was discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 1969 In 1974, he joined the Minnesota National Guard in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion 125th Field Artillery, in New Ulm

Zins completed nearly 29 years of military service and was very active in the community He served as Commander of the Seifert/Bianchi American Legion Post #132 in New Ulm and was on the New Ulm National Guard Citizens Committee for 10 years Additionally, his community service encompassed a 37-year career in law enforcement and he retired as the New Ulm Chief of Police

"This is something I never ever expected," said Zins "I joined the Guard because I liked the military and I love my country I didn't do this for the retirement or the money so this is quite an honor"

The third person memorialized during the event was Staff Sgt Melvin J Grams He served as a tail gunner with the 384th Bombardment Group, 8th Army Air Force and was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal for his heroic actions during his deployment in Europe during World War II

After he returned from his duty in Europe, Grams joined the Minnesota National Guard and started a clock repair business in Little Falls, Minn, married and raised 12 children Three of his sons were members of the Minnesota National Guard and three grandchildren are current members of the Minnesota National Guard

Camp Ripley began memorializations in 1933 when 159 individuals where honored Between 1954 and 1965, eight deceased Minnesota Army National Guard personnel were honored with the distinction of being "memorialized" by having a street or terrain featured named after them During the 1980's, 110 individuals were added and the first "living-retired" individuals began to be honored with this distinction In 1988, the Court of Honor was established when nine individuals' names were etched in stone for the first time From 1933 to 2013, a total of 410 individuals have been memorialized at Camp Ripley

Posted: October 22, 2013 - 4:23pm
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