Looking Back: Morris' Company M deployed in 1951
MORRIS -- Company M of the Minnesota 47th Viking Division received their call to service in Korea on Jan. 16, 1951. According to the Morris Tribune, “The 47th Division was alerted for federal service because it was said to be the best prepared National Guard Division in the country and thus considered the most ready for federal service.”
The men, above, are shown on the steps of the Memorial Armory are the officers and men of Company M of Morris. This photo was taken immediately after the federalization of the National Guard unit Tuesday morning.
Pictured from left to right: Front row- M/Sgt. Robert G. Hadler, WO Palmer A. Anderson, 1st Lt John R. Rolfe, Capt. Paul W. Kopitzke, 1st Lt. Stanley R. Davis, 2nd Lt. Richard J. Smith, 1st Lt. Anthony F. Milsche; Second row- M/Sgt Glendon G. Rose, Cpl. DeWayne S. Michealson, Sfc. Raymond J. Van Kempen, Sfc. Burton J. Brouillet, Sgt. Donald E. Eystad, Cpl. Virgil E. Maus, Sgt. Ervin W. Harstad, Sgt. George E. Olson, Cpl. Albert T. Riemer. Third row- Cpl. Dale H. Aukes, Pfc. Eugene E. Williamson, Pfc. Richard B. Buller, Pfc. Charles P. Torgerson, Cpl. Forest B. Engebretson, Ret. Earl E. Radl, Sgt. John O. Fluegel, Sgt. Everett L. Hicks. Fourth row- Sfc. Fay L. Proudfoot, Pfc. John E. Foley, Pfc. Vernon W. Eystad, Pfc. Richard V. Wenberg, Pfc. Harry J. Ross, Ret. Paul M. Blakesley, Ret. James K. Grote, Ret.Stanley A. Amborn.
Others in picture- Sgt. William J. Proudfoot. Sgt. Grant G. Gray, Ret. Harlan G. Van Horn, Ret. Marvin Van Eps, Sgt. Harvey W. Michelson, Sgt. Harold E. Fredericksen, Cpl. Donald L. Bohlmann, Ret. Dean G. Towner, Pfc. Richard J. Foley, Ret. Richard J. Kill, Pfc. Conway F. Richter, Pfc. Kenneth E. Kussatz, Sgt. Nickolas A. Bresson, Ret. Luverne A. Amborn, Pfc. Curtis N. Van Horn, Ret. Marlyn L. Weiss, Cpl. William G. Dripps, Ret. Carl A. Moser, Cpl. Ronald L. Van Horn, Ret. James J. McRoberts, Ret. Arthur E. Prior, Sfc. Louis F. Amborn, Jr., Ret. Curtis E. Kolden, Ret. Floyd E. Carbert, Pvt. Charles W. Manska, Ret. Robert H. Grote, Sfc. Edward J. Miller, Ret. Theodore J. Eul, Cpl. Frank J. Snorek, Sgt. Duane K. Solvie, Pvt. Gary L. Anderson, Cpl. Donald R. Stephens, Ret. Melvin E. Tiegen, Cpl. Darrell C. Heuer, Pfc. Arvid M. Anderson, Cpl. Ray A. Cline, Cpl. Gordon N. Swenson.
The men of Company M were among the 94 men from Stevens County who served in the Korean War – 11 in the Air Force, 71 in the Army, four in the Marines and eight in the Navy.
In 2000, local historian JoAnne Foley set out to document Stevens County's contribution to the Korean War. The information about local veterans and Company M comes from her book, Korean Veterans: The Forgotten War but Not the Forgotten People. Looking Back writer Lynn Halbakken Tatge provided the photo and names of the members of Company M.