Phi Delta Theta-Minnesota Beta Honors Its 51 Veterans

Phi Delta Theta-Minnesota Beta would like to thank the following brothers on this Veterans’ Day for their service within the United States Military:

#1 Steven Jensen–US Army-Germany & Korea
#5 Bob Rude–Naval Aviation Officer-20 years Navy Reserve
#6 Ton Swanson–Minnesota National Guard
#9 William Murray–Army-Airborne
#21 David Skoog-Marine Artillery Officer in Vietnam, Artillery Aerial Observer, Operations Officer at Artillery School Camp Pendleton, Navy Commendation Medal with combat “V”, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Air Medal (7 times), Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Devise, and National Defense Service Medal
#22 Bob Vilt–US Army Artillery and Artillery Support, Duc Pho and Qui Nhon
#29 Terry Larking–US Army-Military Police. 4th Army Headquarters, Ft Sam Houston, Vietnam-’67 thru Tet Offensive in ’68. 560 MP Companies in the Delta-Provost Marshal Investigator. Rotating among Vung Tau, Soc Tran, My tho, and Can Tho. Soldiers Medal, Tet Offensive with Bronze Ribbon, and Commendation from Australian Force, Tet Offensive engagement.
#33 Daryl Solomonson–Tay Ninh Corp, Tactical Zone 3, B Company, 720th MP Battalion. It was an Infantry assignment including managing the river rats on Song Dong Ni River I Command We would routinely send PBR Boats to Vung Tau for servicing. I was in Talien during the Tet Offensive of 1968. What a Mess. My last two months in country I was the deputy Provost Marshal of Long Bind. I also met my wife Cathy while in Long Bing. After her training at Ft Sam Houston she was assigned to 24th Evacuation Hospital.
#34 Tom Tillisch– US Army Intelligence. First Training, then assignment to Washington DC, Intelligence Assessment. Later, assigned to Saigon in 1970-71.
#45 Randy Schostag–US Army-Security and Intelligence. After training and tour of duty in Germany, I spent 14 months in Vietnam with 4th Corp-Army Intelligence. I was mostly in the Delta Region. Liaison with OSA, Navy and Air Force intelligence. Helped run intelligence nets throughout the Delta, in My Tho, Vin Long, Sadec, Bac Lieu. I was tasked with working with Vietnamese counterparts and province chiefs.
#52 Dick Lien–US Navy. Served around the world—but mostly in Alaska. Dick served four years in the Navy before joining Mankato State.
#53 Jerome Khortum–Lt.JG Naval Aviator. Flew carrier-based jets in Vietnam.
#57 Daniel William Lloyd–Daniel William Lloyd, Graduate of Officer Candidate School, Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia, arrived in Vietnam on February 1, 1969 and served as Platoon Leader with the Grade of Second Lieutenant, Company A, 1st Bn, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Killed in Action on March 13, 1969, by an explosive device in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Was awarded the Bronze Star, The Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge
#58 Michael Mooney–U. S. Army, Infantry, Captain, I Corp-Vietnam, Distinguished Graduate-Officer Candidate School, Bronze Star with ” V” Device, Bronze Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, Air Medal, Minnesota Commendation Ribbon with Pendant, Candidate, Presidential Clemency Board under President Ford
#64 Bill Bruzek– US Army Intelligence. First Training, then assignment to Washington DC, Intelligence Assessment. Later, assigned to Saigon in 1970-71.
#66 Jim Connors–1968 to 1972- US NAVY -Naval Flight Officer ,1976 to 1980-US NAVY-Dental Core Officer, Last paygrade- Lieutenant Commander ( That would be a Major for you Army types) Eight years and they were all good experience.
#68 Jerry Johnson–S Army- Staff Sergeant in Security and Intelligence. Mostly Ft Devon, Mass
#69 Frank D. Korth–US Army and Army Reserve 1963 to 1976
#71 Paul Getting–Lt.JG Naval Aviator. Married the Flight Surgeons Daughter. After mustering out of the Naval flight Program, obtained a Masters from Mankato and returned to Florida to lead the Tampa Florida Chamber of Commerce.
#75 Preston Banning–US Marines
#80 Tom Alhberg– was in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. NCO-corporal E-4, admin chief for an artillery battery, 12th Marine regiment, 3rd Marine Division, amphibious assault force, two meritorious promotions, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry- unit citation
#81 Charles Berge–I did 1 year in Vietnam 1968-1969. I was in Army artillery in the Mekong Delta. I was trained to do artillery Fire Direction Center FDC. We provided artillery support for the infantry, were attached to the infantry. As it was, we all ended up doing most everything associated with artillery/infantry operations, i.e., observing & directing howitzer fire on the enemy.
#89 Don Olson–Navy–Aircraft Carrier–Flight Deck-Aircraft readiness-supporting Navy jet bombing runs in Vietnam.
#91 Michael Frederick–Air Force in 1969. After Officer Training School and flight training I flew F-111s at assignments in the US and Europe. After cockpit assignments I had a variety of staff and command positions and retired as a Lt Colonel in ’93
#94 Gary Dereemer–Lt. JG Naval Aviator. Killed in 1971, Nevada, Gary was such a gifted aviator that shortly after flight school, we was selected and was flying the new A7 Corsair attack fighter, killed in a private plane crash. He and a few fellow pilots had rented an airplane to go skiing, and somehow crashed in the mountains
#96 Vince Johnson–Naval Aviation
#103 Wylie Hammond–Vietnam Veteran
#107 Ed Scott Nash III–Naval Aviation-Engineering
#119 Gary Dudley–US Navy
#121 Tom R Hanson–Captain, U.S. Marines, Naval Aviator 1968-1973, Got to fly the T-34, T-28, TH-57 Bell Jet Ranger and UH1-D Huey in flight school. UH-1E Huey Gunships on active duty, Okinawa to service aboard the LPH USS New Orleans (Aircraft carrier), part of Amphibious Ready Group Alpha supporting Marines in Vietnam. Transitioned to fly the OV-10A Bronco with some hours in a CH-46. Forward Air Controller, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.
#122 Steve Hoyt–Vietnam: July 1970 – July 1971. Occupation: Military Police. Duties included: Escorting convoys in the Mekong Delta, Saigon town patrol, and following a promotion to SGT, supervising a Customs unit at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport.
#141 Joe Bilek–US Navy-operating a communications receiver site in Hawaii
#152 Bill Mackey–Sergeant, U.S. Army-93rd Signal Battalion-Germany 1964-1967
#162 Mike Turgeon–U.S. Navy 3rd class Petty Officer. Stationed at a communications receiver site in Morocco during the Vietnam Conflict
#174 John Bilek–Navy-operating a US Navy communications receiver site in Hawaii during Vietnam conflict.
#181 Brad Smith–US Navy Communications Receiver Site Operator
#183 Hugh Cholick
#206 Jim Brockberg–US Army 1971-1975, Operating Room Specialist stationed in several US bases and Bangkok, Thailand
#338 Joe Stetch–Air Force for 4 years as an In-flight Refueling Specialist and 6 years in the Army National Guard as a Medical Platoon Officer, an Infantry Officer and an Executive Officer
#383 Joe Christenson–Joined Minnesota Army National Guard in 1988. Artillery Officer who has been deployed from Minnesota on six different missions including Korea, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.
#555 Ali Mohamud
#566 Drew Carpenter–US Active Army and MN Army National Guard-Specialist-Deployed to Taji, Iraq 2005 for 12 months
Army Achievement Medal-Iraqi Campaign Medal
#583 Nicholas Deaconson–US Army-Afghanistan Tour. Active Duty home Station-Italy with the 25th Airborne infantry
#585 David Heinz–US Marines
#587 Matt Schmitz–Minnesota Army National Guard-224thTransportation Company –88M- Motor Transport Operator-Specialist
#589 Kelvin Borchart–US Army- Enlisted in 2002 -2007 as Active duty Infantry. Was recalled in 2009 until 2010-Operation Enduring Freedom-Iraq- while attending college went alumni at MNSU to serve in Iraq
#611 Vincent Williams–Army National Guard. Full tour in Iraq (OEF) 2014
#626 Ryan Hirsch–Minnesota National Guard, Enlisted 2005.Specialized in communications equipment. Radio frequency, digital networks, satellite communications and if we were still using colored flags I’d have been an expert in that too. I served one combat deployment to Iraq in 2008-2009 with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade. Based out of Balad Air Base (Camp Anaconda), but I occasionally I had others at Baghdad and Tali
#628 Dwaine Stenzel–US Army
#629 Mike Miller–United States Navy-81/2 years starting in 2005. Aviation Electrician’s Mate working on fighter jets and anti-submarine helicopters. Stationed in China Lake, CA, San Diego, Thailand and Egypt. 2012 in Afghanistan-doing combat damage assessments on “wounded” aircraft.
#644 Dennis Durst–US Navy, Funeral Honor Guard for 12 years in which he attended 3300 funerals to present the flag for Navy and Coast Guard Veterans, Toured in Kuwait


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