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Minnesota National Guard
Five inducted into Court of Honor at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Five former Service members received honors from the Minnesota National Guard Memorialization Board as they were inducted into the Court of Honor on Camp Ripley, Oct 5, 2014

"This truly is a great honor to be recognized in front of my family, my friends and those I served with," said Lt Gen (Bvt) Larry Shellito

The Court of Honor commemorates the lasting contributions of Soldiers who have dedicated their lives to the service of the state and nation Each year, the memorialization board reviews nominations on exemplary Soldiers The best submissions are forwarded to the state headquarters of the Minnesota National Guard for final approval by the adjutant general

This year's honorees included Lt Gen (Brevet) Larry Shellito, Col (Ret) Richard Weaver, Lt. Col. (Ret) Richard Kloss, Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Ret) Richard Walen, and Sergeant Major (Ret) Duane Kamp

"Colonel Weaver was in my humble opinion, the classic example of the Citizen-Soldier You can watch him in the local community and see the understanding and respect he gets from community leaders, veterans and citizens alike," said Dale Slimmer, Lt. Col. (Ret) US Army Reserve

The honorees' names were added to a monument near the Minnesota Military Museum on Camp Ripley The granite monument holds the names of nearly 350 men and women who, since 1933, have faithfully served the Minnesota National Guard and the citizens of Minnesota

"With all the various programs they are a part of, these individuals have proven themselves over and over again as dedicated supporters of the Minnesota National Guard," said Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley garrison commander

"It's humbling to be here with everyone, recognized and honored by you all," said Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Ret) Richard Walen

Additionally, members of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) were recognized with a granite monument on Camp Ripley The 99th was the only unit to be federally organized on Camp Ripley during World War II The 99th trained on Camp Ripley from August 1942 -- September 1942

October 5, 2014
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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