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  • Spanish-American War | Herreid Military Museum

    Spanish-American War Lieutenant Frank Ferguson The Spanish-American display features the uniform and sword of school teacher Frank Ferguson. He was one of the first soldiers who volunteered to enter the service during this war and quickly rose in the ranks. He served as the Rock County volunteers’ commanding officer.

  • Our Story | Military Museum

    Our Story Later that year, Warren began work with Rock County to renovate the vacated old historic county jail building and sheriff’s house, starting a project to completely gut the four floors and create a beautiful community space, art gallery and establish Rock County’s military museum. The museum opened in July 2009 after a total investment of $4.1 million. Today, the building houses two floors of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation’s art gallery for acclaimed nature photographer Jim Brandenburg, a classmate of Warren’s, and is home to the Luverne Area Chamber & CVB whose staff manage the building. The building features the Herreid Military Museum. The museum fills the top two floors of the building. The exhibits tell the stories of Rock County men and women who have served this great country through the artifacts, photos, and stories donated for the displays. The Herreid Military Museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Warren G. Herreid II belongs to two long-time Rock County families. His father, uncles and grandfathers who served in WWI, WWII and Korea inspire a deep commitment to share the community’s rich military history. As a former executive in the healthcare industry, Jeannine M. Rivet is respected nationally for helping people live healthier lives and shares a commitment to family, veterans and community. In 2005, Warren and Jeannine created the K.A.H.R. Foundation, a family foundation for philanthropic endeavors. The letters of the foundation name stand for their surnames and their mother’s maiden surnames: Kahler, Archambault, Herreid and Rivet. In the early spring of 2007, they began work on their first major project in Rock County. The Rock County Veterans Memorial was designed and erected through the K.A.H.R. Foundation for the citizens of Rock County in the proud and grateful memory of her soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who laid down their lives in all quarters of the earth that other people might be freed from oppression. The memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 2007. ​

  • Civil War | Herreid Military Museum

    Civil War Leg Irons These Tower Double Lock Leg Irons were manufactured between June 17, 1860 and July 17, 1860. These irons were used on a young man in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. Upon his release, he sought to find a new life in Rock County and brought the irons with him – vowing to never forget the horrors he endured. Union Army Clothes Brush With no way to wash a wool uniform, soldiers like Niels Jacobson carried this clothes brush to clean battle debris from their uniform. Jacobson used this brush during deployment from 1863-1865. Union Powder Horn Union soldiers like D. L. Norton of the Iowa Volunteers brought the powder horns they used during the Civil War with them as they made a new home in Rock County.

  • War on Terror | Herreid Military Museum

    War on Terror Red Bulls Rock County soldiers served as part of the Red Bulls when the unit was deployed to Iraq serving from October 2005 through 2007. Learn about these brave men and women who served during the longest National Guard deployment in Minnesota history since WWII. Improvised Explosive Devices See examples of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) which were the deadliest threat to American soldiers stationed in the Middle East. IED's were road side bombs that posed a serious threat to convoy operations. Learn about EFP's (Explosively Formed Projectiles) that would penetrate the armor of a military vehicle.

  • Rock County Veterans Memorial | Military Museum

    Rock County Veterans Memorial Visit our beautiful Rock County Veterans Memorial where pavers are dedicated to Rock County people who have served in the military. Click the Paver Section number to display the Paver Map to identify where each person's paver resides. Paver Section Last Name First Name Rank Branch Conflict Date In Date Out 7 Aaker Arthur S. CPL Army WWII 7 Aaker Irwin L. SGT Army Co. B 351 Inf WWI 7 Aaker Lawrence SPC4 Army Germany 3 Aaker Russell E. PFC Army Occupation Japan 1944 1946 5 Aanenson Aanen TEC4 Army 9427TSUACS 1942 1945 5 Aanenson Arnie J. SGT Army Persian Gulf 1942-45 5 Aanenson David A. CPO Navy 1968 1989 5 Aanenson Edwin G. SGT Army 1944 1946 5 Aanenson Erling G. TEC4 SGT Army 1946 1947 14 Aanenson Gahr PVT Army 15th Scan Div Civil War 1861 1864 5 Aanenson Gary L. SP4 Army Vietnam 7 Aanenson John G. TEC5 Army Inf 1944 1946 7 Aanenson Larry O. Army 1960 1963 3 Aanenson Quentin Air Force WWII 7 Aanenson Randall O. SGT Army Desert Storm 5 Aanenson Selmer J. MMG2C Navy 1942 1946 5 Aanenson T Alexander PVT Army WWII 5 Aanenson Theodore L. Army38Inf Div 149Reg Bataam 1944 1946 6 Abild Donald Lee SPEC3 Army 1954 1955 6 Abild Ronald Allan SPC3 Army 1954 1955 6 Abraham Milton H. CPL Marine Corps Korea 1952 1954 6 Abraham Richard L. CPL Marine Corps 1952 1954 1 Ackerman Abram PFC Army WWII 1946 1947 3 Adams Lester E. CMOMM AAT Navy 1942 1945 4 Ahrendt Dale H. CPL Army Korean 1951 1952 4 Ahrendt Kenneth PO3 Navy Vietnam 1968 1972 2 Ahrendt Lowell J. Army Korea 1952 1954 1 Ahrendt Myron John 1LT Army Inf 1966 1969 6 Ahrendt Norman K. MAJ Army Korea 3 Ahrendt Ronald E. Air Force Korean 1952 1956 2 Ahrendt Virgil O. Army 1945 1946 1 Akkerman Clarence O. MM2 Navy 1935 1939 5 Akkerman Lawrence J. SGT Veterinary Corps Army 1943 1945 5 Akkerman Wayne E. 2LT Army Korean 2 Aljets Henry B. PFC Army 1945 1946 1 Althoff Amy Lynn SGT Army Iraq-OIF 2003 2004 7 Anderson Alan Bruce Y3 Navy 1945 1946 2 Anderson Carl Henry PVT Army - 344th HD Co. WWI 1918 1919 1 Anderson Chris Army AF WWII 4 Anderson Claude H. Army WWII 1 Anderson Craig ET2 Navy 1980 1986 4 Anderson Daniel LT Navy Vietnam 1970 1997 1 Anderson Garland H. PO1 Navy 1942 1945 4 Anderson Goodman PVT Army 7th Inf Div Civil War 4 Anderson James Navy Seabees Vietnam 1966 1971 1 Anderson Leon Simon AT3 Navy 1946 1948 3 Anderson Major A. SGT Air Force 1946 1952 3 Anderson Merlyn W. CPT Air Force WWII, Korea 4 Anderson Michael Army NG 1992 2000 3 Anderson Myron G. PFC Army WWII 4 Anderson Raymond D. T/Sgt Air Force 1943 1945 13 Anderson Robert A. SPC4 Army 1954 1955 6 Anderson Robert S. SPC5 Army 1965-67 MSG MNNG 1972-98 5 Anderson Robert W. Army 101st AB Div WWII 1943 1946 4 Anderson Roy E. CMM Navy 1924 1946 7 Anderson Swede SP2 Army Korea 1955 1957 4 Anderson TR (Ted) MSG Army WWII 1940 1967 3 Anderson Toby A. SGT Army 1947 1951 1 Aning Sievert CPL Army WWII 1941 1946 6 Anker Marvin J. CPL Army Korea 1950 1952 1 Appel John TEC5 Army Arty WWII 1941 1945 13 Arends David J. Air Force 1963 1965 2 Arends Donald G. Marine Corps 1961 1965 13 Arends Rodney J. Army 1962 1964 3 Arends Stanley A. MSG Army Inf Korean 1950 1952 3 Arends Stephan D. 1SG Army Infantry Korean Conflict 13 Arends Thomas L. Army 1966 1972 6 Arp Dennis Army Vietnam 3 Arp Ernest A. Army WWII 6 Arp Jamie Jo Air Traffic Control Air Force 4 Arp Ruth Ann SK3 Navy WWII 6 Arp Steven L. Army Germany 6 Aukes Paul J. SSG Army NG 1963 1969 7 Aukes Roy TSGT Army AF WWII 1942 1945 13 Ausen James W. Air Force Army NG 1958 1993 3 Aykens Jay F. SGT Army WWII 1942 1945 7 Bagbey Stanley R. CPT ANC-CDR NC Navy Vietnam 1967 1968 7 Bagbey Steven J. SSG Army Vietnam 7 Bagbey James H. PFC Marines WWII PTO 7 Bailey Robert E. Bob SGT Army Korea 1951 1952 12 Baker Vern SGT Air Force Vietnam 1974 1978 13 Baker Warren E. Army Vietnam 1965 1967 1 Bakk Alfred M. PVT Army 1918 1919 1 Bakke Norman D. PFC Army Korea 1952 1954 4 Bakken Richard D. SSgt Air Force 1964 1970 5 Ball Harvey R. F1 Navy 1944 1946 12 Banck David J. Air Force Vietnam 1965 1969 1 Barclay Orville E. SSG Army 1941 1945 2 Barlow Loren L. SSG Army 2nd Arm Div Africa - Berlin 2 Barrett Boyd Charles Army 1951 1953 6 Barrett Jr. Vinal SGT Army Air Trans WWII 1942 1946 2 Barrett Sr. Robert F. Army 215th AA WWII 1941 1945 2 Barrett Sr. Vinal M. Army AC 1917 1918 5 Barstad Sigbjorn Army Inf WWI Europe 1917 1919 3 Baustian Donald R. SPC Army 1986 1996 3 Baustian Harold A. SPC Army 1964 1967 3 Baustian Howard H. SPC4 Army Germany 1960 1964 6 Baustian Jr. Walter H. Navy 1955 1957 5 Baustian Sr. Walter Army WWI 13 Bay Ronald Ralph MCPO Navy Vietnam 1962 1993 Page 1 of 17

  • Vietnam War | Herreid Military Museum

    Vietnam War Vietnam veteran and museum curator Terrie Gulden created this amazing bunker scene replica of Hill 1001 near Dak To. The scene replicates a photo sent to him by one of his buddies from Round Lake, Minnesota. The display replicates the stations of many of our brave men and women who served during the Vietnam War. Bunker Marlin Roberts Soldier’s needed haircuts, even during the war. Rock County veteran Marlin Roberts was quite popular during the Vietnam War. His talent for cutting hair brought him from base to base – serving officers first before the enlisted men. Have shears, will travel. Agent Orange Nothing had longer lasting effects from the Vietnam War than Agent Orange. Learn about chemical weapon warfare during Vietnam in an amazing interactive display created by curator Terrie Gulden. Gary Herreid Medical corpsman saved thousands of lives during the Vietnam War. Luverne’s Gary Herreid served as a corpsman during the war and has donated this wonderful display of mobile medical supplies. KIA Vincent Reker The museum also honors Rock County’s first Vietnam KIA Robert Vincent Reker. Reker was killed at the age of 20 when the enemy attacked a truck he was riding in.

  • Contact Us | Military Museum

    Contact Us First Name Last Name Email Message Send Thanks for submitting! Hours ​ Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 5: 00 pm Sunday Closed

  • Korean War | Herreid Military Museum

    Korean War Arthur A. Moeller Honored in the Korean War exhibit is Rock County native, Arthur A. Moeller. This 21 year old farm boy volunteered to serve during the Korean War. With only days left before peace was agreed upon, he was seriously injured in the fighting at Outpost Harry and died two days later. Moeller was Rock County’s last Korean KIA. Long Cold Nights During the Korean War, American soldiers were constantly on the move. On the coldest nights, they slept in pup tents such as this – cooking their meals over open flames and trying to keep warm during nights where the temperature would plunge well below zero. Wayne Biever On display is the uniform of Korean War Marine Wayne Biever. Biever served in the heart of the combat zone starting in 1952. Biever continues to serve his country today as part of the military Honor Squad.

  • WWII | Herreid Military Museum

    WWII Pilot Quentin Aanenson On display in the museum are the uniform, flight jacket, helmet, goggles, and boots worn by WWII P-47 Pilot Quentin Aanenson. Aanenson’s auto-biographical account of his service during WWII was told in his film, “A Fighter Pilot’s Story”. Ken Burns discovered the film when researching WWII for his epic documentary – “THE WAR” – and selected Luverne as one of the four communities that were featured because of Aanenson’s well-told and documented film. Father Francis Sampson Featured in the museum are artifacts of Father Francis Sampson. Sampson served as a paratrooper priest during WWII, Korean War and Vietnam. The display shares the amazing story of his service to God and Nation including how he saved “Private Ryan” and the time he was captured and imprisoned in Stalag II-A. Sampson also served at the Chief of Army Chaplains. He is buried at St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery in Luverne alongside his mother. Captain Lenore Sandager See the uniform and read the story about Lt. Lenore Sandager. Sandager left Rock County to teach school. When war was declared, she answered the call to service and entered the Marines. While serving, she was tasked with developing the training protocol for the Navajo Code Talking program while stationed at Camp Pendleton.

  • Welcom Video | Herreid Military Museum

    Welcome to the Herried Military Museum Museum curator Terrie Gulden (U. S. Marine, 1966-1968, Vietnam) narrates this introductory video to a few of the displays at the Herreid Military Museum. Open daily (excluding holidays): Monday-Friday: 8 am - 5 pm Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm Sunday: Closed

  • Copy of Rock County Veterans Memorial | Military Museum

    Rock County Veterans Memorial Visit our beautiful Rock County Veterans Memorial where pavers are dedicated to Rock County people who have served in the military. Click the Paver Section number to display the Paver Map to identify where each person's paver resides. Search... Paver Section Last Name First Name Rank Branch Conflict Date In Date Out 7 Aaker Arthur S. CPL Army WWII 7 Aaker Irwin L. SGT Army Co. B 351 Inf WWI 7 Aaker Lawrence SPC4 Army Germany 3 Aaker Russell E. PFC Army Occupation Japan 1944 1946 5 Aanenson Aanen TEC4 Army 9427TSUACS 1942 1945 5 Aanenson Arnie J. SGT Army Persian Gulf 1942-45 5 Aanenson David A. CPO Navy 1968 1989 5 Aanenson Edwin G. SGT Army 1944 1946 5 Aanenson Erling G. TEC4 SGT Army 1946 1947 14 Aanenson Gahr PVT Army 15th Scan Div Civil War 1861 1864 5 Aanenson Gary L. SP4 Army Vietnam 7 Aanenson John G. TEC5 Army Inf 1944 1946 7 Aanenson Larry O. Army 1960 1963 3 Aanenson Quentin Air Force WWII 7 Aanenson Randall O. SGT Army Desert Storm 5 Aanenson Selmer J. MMG2C Navy 1942 1946 5 Aanenson T Alexander PVT Army WWII 5 Aanenson Theodore L. Army38Inf Div 149Reg Bataam 1944 1946 6 Abild Donald Lee SPEC3 Army 1954 1955 6 Abild Ronald Allan SPC3 Army 1954 1955 6 Abraham Milton H. CPL Marine Corps Korea 1952 1954 6 Abraham Richard L. CPL Marine Corps 1952 1954 1 Ackerman Abram PFC Army WWII 1946 1947 3 Adams Lester E. CMOMM AAT Navy 1942 1945 4 Ahrendt Dale H. CPL Army Korean 1951 1952 4 Ahrendt Kenneth PO3 Navy Vietnam 1968 1972 2 Ahrendt Lowell J. Army Korea 1952 1954 1 Ahrendt Myron John 1LT Army Inf 1966 1969 6 Ahrendt Norman K. MAJ Army Korea 3 Ahrendt Ronald E. Air Force Korean 1952 1956 2 Ahrendt Virgil O. Army 1945 1946 1 Akkerman Clarence O. MM2 Navy 1935 1939 5 Akkerman Lawrence J. SGT Veterinary Corps Army 1943 1945 5 Akkerman Wayne E. 2LT Army Korean 2 Aljets Henry B. PFC Army 1945 1946 1 Althoff Amy Lynn SGT Army Iraq-OIF 2003 2004 7 Anderson Alan Bruce Y3 Navy 1945 1946 2 Anderson Carl Henry PVT Army - 344th HD Co. WWI 1918 1919 1 Anderson Chris Army AF WWII 4 Anderson Claude H. Army WWII 1 Anderson Craig ET2 Navy 1980 1986 4 Anderson Daniel LT Navy Vietnam 1970 1997 1 Anderson Garland H. PO1 Navy 1942 1945 4 Anderson Goodman PVT Army 7th Inf Div Civil War 4 Anderson James Navy Seabees Vietnam 1966 1971 1 Anderson Leon Simon AT3 Navy 1946 1948 3 Anderson Major A. SGT Air Force 1946 1952 3 Anderson Merlyn W. CPT Air Force WWII, Korea 4 Anderson Michael Army NG 1992 2000 3 Anderson Myron G. PFC Army WWII 4 Anderson Raymond D. T/Sgt Air Force 1943 1945 13 Anderson Robert A. SPC4 Army 1954 1955 6 Anderson Robert S. SPC5 Army 1965-67 MSG MNNG 1972-98 5 Anderson Robert W. Army 101st AB Div WWII 1943 1946 4 Anderson Roy E. CMM Navy 1924 1946 7 Anderson Swede SP2 Army Korea 1955 1957 4 Anderson TR (Ted) MSG Army WWII 1940 1967 3 Anderson Toby A. SGT Army 1947 1951 1 Aning Sievert CPL Army WWII 1941 1946 6 Anker Marvin J. CPL Army Korea 1950 1952 1 Appel John TEC5 Army Arty WWII 1941 1945 13 Arends David J. Air Force 1963 1965 2 Arends Donald G. Marine Corps 1961 1965 13 Arends Rodney J. Army 1962 1964 3 Arends Stanley A. MSG Army Inf Korean 1950 1952 3 Arends Stephan D. 1SG Army Infantry Korean Conflict 13 Arends Thomas L. Army 1966 1972 6 Arp Dennis Army Vietnam 3 Arp Ernest A. Army WWII 6 Arp Jamie Jo Air Traffic Control Air Force 4 Arp Ruth Ann SK3 Navy WWII 6 Arp Steven L. Army Germany 6 Aukes Paul J. SSG Army NG 1963 1969 7 Aukes Roy TSGT Army AF WWII 1942 1945 13 Ausen James W. Air Force Army NG 1958 1993 3 Aykens Jay F. SGT Army WWII 1942 1945 7 Bagbey Stanley R. CPT ANC-CDR NC Navy Vietnam 1967 1968 7 Bagbey Steven J. SSG Army Vietnam 7 Bagbey James H. PFC Marines WWII PTO 7 Bailey Robert E. Bob SGT Army Korea 1951 1952 12 Baker Vern SGT Air Force Vietnam 1974 1978 13 Baker Warren E. Army Vietnam 1965 1967 1 Bakk Alfred M. PVT Army 1918 1919 1 Bakke Norman D. PFC Army Korea 1952 1954 4 Bakken Richard D. SSgt Air Force 1964 1970 5 Ball Harvey R. F1 Navy 1944 1946 12 Banck David J. Air Force Vietnam 1965 1969 1 Barclay Orville E. SSG Army 1941 1945 2 Barlow Loren L. SSG Army 2nd Arm Div Africa - Berlin 2 Barrett Boyd Charles Army 1951 1953 6 Barrett Jr. Vinal SGT Army Air Trans WWII 1942 1946 2 Barrett Sr. Robert F. Army 215th AA WWII 1941 1945 2 Barrett Sr. Vinal M. Army AC 1917 1918 5 Barstad Sigbjorn Army Inf WWI Europe 1917 1919 3 Baustian Donald R. SPC Army 1986 1996 3 Baustian Harold A. SPC Army 1964 1967 3 Baustian Howard H. SPC4 Army Germany 1960 1964 6 Baustian Jr. Walter H. Navy 1955 1957 5 Baustian Sr. Walter Army WWI 13 Bay Ronald Ralph MCPO Navy Vietnam 1962 1993 Page 1 of 17

  • Saved Elements | Military Museum

    Civil War WWII - The War Cold War Spanish - American War Korean War War on Terror WWI - The Great War Vietnam War National Guard

  • WWI | Herreid Military Museum

    WWI WWI Plane Tail Section One of the most unique artifacts in the museum is this cloth tail section of a WWI training plane. This tail section was from a training plane flown by Robert Rockwell when he returned to the United States after flying with France’s Lafayette Escadrille. When the United State entered WWI, American pilots were called home to organize the US Army Air Corps. The exhibit in the museum explains why this Native American portrait was on the tail section. Springfield Rifle This Springfield Rifle M1903 on display in the museum became the standard weapon for soldiers for many years and is considered to be the greatest of the US military issues bolt-action rifles ever made. American Dough Boys This WWI “Doughboy” uniform was worn by Rock County Soldier George Fredolin Kraetsch. After 6 months of training – Kraetsch headed to Europe for his tour of duty.

  • Exhibits | Herreid Military Museum

    Civil War From 1861 through 1865, American soldiers fought against each other in the most horrific war that ever happened on American soil. They returned home to find that their farms, businesses, families and opportunities had vanished. The soldiers and their families who remained would have to make a new life for themselves. View Exhibit

  • National Guard | Herreid Military Museum

    National Guard Learn about local National Guard units who were deployed during Operation Steel Guard in 2003. Elements of the battalion provided force protection and security for Air Force bases in Turkey, Italy, Belgium and the United Kingdom. The battalion demobilized in the spring 2004.

  • Veterans Photo Gallery | Military Museum

    Veterans Photo Gallery Search... 12 Aanenson Boys ​ ​ ​ ​ Aanenson, Arnie J. U.S. Army Sergeant 1942 - 1945 WWII - European Theater Aanenson, Erling G. U.S. Army Sergeant 1946 - 1947 Korea Aanenson, Theodore L. U.S. Army Sergeant 1944 - 1946 WWII Anderson, Robert W. U.S. Army Air Corps ​ 1944 - 1946 101st Airborne - 502 Regiment - Company A Aanenson, Aanen U.S. Army Sergeant 1942 - 1945 Kodiak, Alaska Aanenson, David A. U.S. Navy Chief Storekeeper 1968 - 1989 Vietnam - Gulf War Aanenson, Quentin U.S. Army Air Corps Captain ​ WWI - Europe - P-47 Pilot Anderson, Dan U.S. Navy Lieutenant Feb. 1970 - April 1997 Vietnam - Desert Storm Bailey, Bob ​ ​ ​ Korea Aanenson, Alexander U.S. Army Private First Class 1945 - 1946 WWII Aanenson, Edwin G. U.S. Army Sergeant 1944 - 1946 European Theater Aanenson, Selmer J. U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer 1942 - 1946 WWII Anderson, James ​ Seaman March 1966 - Sept. 1971 Vietnam Barstad, Sam C. U.S. Army ​ 1917 - 1919 WWI - France 12

  • Cold War | Herreid Military Museum

    Cold War ​ Learn about the longest lasting war in American history – The Cold War. More American’s served during the Cold War than any other time in history. Brave men and women served throughout the world containing the threat of nuclear war. Photos and informational panels tell the story of this period along with artifacts from service members.

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