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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.
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.
'I’m probably going to be sad for the rest of my life about losing him,' Joyce Alto said of her son Nate, who died in a service-related car accident in 1997. 'But I’m also very happy for the life I had with him.'
Park Rapids, Menahga, Akeley, Laporte and Fern Township have scheduled Memorial Day programs.

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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.
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.
“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.
Mark J. Lindquist, an Air Force veteran who has gained acclaim for performing "The National Anthem" at pro and college sporting events, says he's applied to join the Territorial Defense of Ukraine and is awaiting an interview from that country’s embassy.
Deployment to Middle East and Asia is unrelated to Russian invasion of Ukraine, post says.

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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.
Around 100 members of the Second Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry returned to eagerly awaiting families and friends at the Detroit Lakes Armory after completing an 11-month deployment to the Middle East on Feb. 2.
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had led the group since the death of its founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was also killed when he detonated explosives during a U.S. raid in 2019.

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