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In Their Own Words video
An oral history of the Minnesota National Guard
In Their Own Words
Eden Prairie Veterans

The story of Lt. Robert, M. Polich, Sr. a World War II Veteran.

Lt. Polich was a B-17 pilot with the U.S. 8th Air Force, 305 Bomb Group (H), 365 Squadron when he was shot down over Germany.

He recovered from his injuries in a German hospital then was transferred to Stalag Luft III and later Stalag VIIIA before the camp was liberated.

A native of Deerwood, Minnesota - Lt. Polich eventually retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1966. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, 4 Air Medals, POW Medal, Purple Heart Medal, along with several campaign and unit medals.

Film Director Christopher Yocum captured his story for the Minnesota Historical Society Greatest Generation Project. Lt. Polich was interviewed on the film by his nephew, Kevin Rofidal.
Memories of the 148th - A Living History

A former commander of Duluth's 148th Figher Wing, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Wayne Gatlin, recalls his part in the prestigeous unit's history.
(Run time 7:16)
Honoring Black History Month
By Sgt. Ben Houtkooper,
34th Infantry Division 

Minnesota National Guard members share their first-hand stories and reflect on the the meaning of Black History Month.
(Run time 3:06)

Black History Month Main Effort

Minnesota Veterans share their experiences
By Sgt. Ben Houtkooper,
34th Infantry Division 

Several veterans of the Minnesota National Guard share their experiences and views on Veteran’s Day.
(Run time 13:59)

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