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The family of 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan was able to lay him to rest Saturday, 78 years after the 23-year-old pilot's plane was shot down on D-Day. His remains were recovered in France in 2018 and identified in 2019.
Hundreds gathered at the Gonvick Fire Department on Thursday to view a Traveling Memorial Wall, offering a chance to heal, reflect and honor their fallen brothers and sisters of the Vietnam War. The memorial, which will be open to the public 24/7 until noon on Sunday, July 10, conveys just how overwhelming the casualties were during the Vietnam War.
More than 95% of the Guard’s 13,000 soldiers and airmen have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but holdouts remain. The Department of Defense has a Thursday, June 30, deadline to get the shot.
TOKYO — U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, capping a series of critical comments about China while in Asia that an aide said represented no change in U.S. policy toward the self-ruled island.

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The commissioning of USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the first ceremony like it in state history, packed the port with dignitaries, military service veterans.
The U.S. Navy provided a sneak peek as it readies the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul to be commissioned Saturday in Duluth.
The U.S. Navy is scheduled to commission the ship on Saturday.
“Yankee Gal” was one of 21 bombers lost during the mission. German forces recovered Nando Cavalieri's body and ID tags and buried him in Doberitz, Germany, a small town outside Berlin, about four days later.
From Minnesota to Georgia, Drill Sergeant Trevor Michaud’s military career has been supported by his family the whole way.
Bemidji Community Shelf Executive Director Mike Olson recently received a check from Wendell Affield on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans.

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The Bemidji Retired Military Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Keg N' Cork.
Deployment to Middle East and Asia is unrelated to Russian invasion of Ukraine, post says.
Since 2019 the United States has deployed non-overlapping rotations of its own groups of about 500 troops and equipment in Lithuania, adding to the alliance's efforts to deter Russia from its vulnerable flank.

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