PHOTOS: Honoring our veterans

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Paul Alex Westerhaus served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He would have been 90 years old on Oct. 25, but passed at 57, according to his daughter Cate Belleveau. Submitted photo.

In honor of the sacrifices our nation's veterans have made for their country, we're honoring local veterans or active-duty military members by sharing submitted photos in a special Veteran's Day Gallery.

Share your photos with us by emailing them to , and include name of the veteran, their age and branch of the military they served in. Photos will be featured in the Wednesday, Nov. 11 edition of the Bemidji Pioneer as space allows.

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Curtis T. Anderson Sr. served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1976 and is pictured during his time in Germany with the 11th Airborne Division Artillery. He is now 84 and lives in Blackduck. Submitted photo.


111120.N.BP.VETERANS Dennis Tangen.jpg
World War II veteran Dennis Tangen, 95, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946. Tangen lives in Bemidji. Submitted photos.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Dennis Burgess.jpg
Dennis Burgess, now 74, served in the U.S. Air Force. Submitted photo.

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Amanda and Don MacKinnon, Russian linguists, served in Misawa, Japan during the Cold War. Amanda served in the U.S. Army and Don in the U.S. Navy. Submitted photo.

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Shantelle Jacobson, 33, served in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jacobson graduated from Bemidji High School in 2005. Submitted photo.


111120.N.BP.VETERANS Scotty Allison.jpg
Veteran Scotty Allison served in the U.S. Navy for three years and the U.S. Army for 28 years. Submitted photo.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Ronald Meyer.jpg
Ronald L. Meyer, now 75, served with the U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War. Submitted photo.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Keith Spindler.jpg
Keith A. Spindler, now 87, served in the U.S. Air Force. Submitted photo.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Jesse Grauman.jpg
Jesse Grauman, a U.S. Navy radioman, served on the decommission crew for the USS Chandler. Submitted photo.


111120.N.BP.VETERANS Wilson Naegeli.jpg
Wilson Naegeli, now 76, served as a medic in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Submitted photo.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Meghann Bettinger.jpg
Meghann Bettinger, now 42, served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2007 in the Iraq War. Submitted photo.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Roderick Murphy.jpg
Roderick Murphy, 24, served six years in the U.S. Army with three overseas deployments. Submitted photos.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Larry Hegstad.jpg
Larry Hegstad, top right, is pictured at 24 with his artillery survey crew in September 1969 in Tan An, Vietnam. Hegstad served in the 8th Target Acquisition Battalion, II Field Force, of the U.S. Army. Submitted photo.


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Andrew Beardsley served in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. Beardsley suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned and took his life on Oct. 4, 2015, according to his father, Dick Beardsley. “He loved serving our country,” Dick said.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Fred Kelm.jpg
Fred Kelm, now 73, is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War. Submitted photo.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Tom Strassburg.jpg
Tom Strassburg, 72, is a Vietnam War veteran. Submitted photo.

111120.N.BP.VETERANS Vernon Erickson.jpg
Vernon P. Erickson, 62, served in the U.S. Air Force. Submitted photo.

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