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Military Appreciation Event in White Shield, ND

WHAT: The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, led by the Office of Chairman Mark N. Fox, cordially invites you to a post-Independence Day military appreciation event featuring the USMC Silent Drill Platoon.

WHEN/TIME: Wednesday, July 6th at 6pm

WHERE: White Shield Sports Complex/Football Field in White Shield, North Dakota.
The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a highly disciplined platoon that exemplifies the pride and professionalism associated with all Marines. The Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle unit that performs military drill movements without any verbal cadence or commands. The drill exhibition concludes with a series of rifle inspections demonstrating elaborate rifle spins and tosses. The platoon performs during parades and ceremonies in the National Capital Region, across the United States, and around the world.
Boxed meals will be provided following the event. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors to the White Shield High School Gymnasium.

Please RSVP to Lovell Overlie at no later than Friday, July 1, 2022.

The Last World War II Medal of Honor Recipient

Hershel “Woody” Williams

The last World War II Medal of Honor recipient and a West Virginia native, Hershel “Woody” Williams, passed away at the age of 98, on June 29th, 2022.

Born in West Virginia, “Woody” Williams grew up on a dairy farm. Before enlisting in the Marine Corps, Williams drove a taxi and then a truck for a construction company.

Initially rejected by the US Marine Corps for being too short, Williams persisted and prevailed, eventually becoming a Marine. He trained in San Diego, California, and was assigned to a tank battalion. He was subsequently transferred to demolition detachment as a flamethrower operator.

Woody deployed to the Pacific Theater via the SS Weltey Reden in late 1943. In January 1944, he was assigned to the 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division and landed at Guam, where he saw his first combat.

He recalled a lesson he quickly learned in combat, “I strapped a flamethrower on my back and started crawling toward the pillboxes….I can remember bullets ricocheting off my air tank. And I don’t know why I was smart enough to figure out that if I crawled closer, they couldn’t get me. If I crawled backwards, they would have got me.”

He served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. Mr. Williams’ actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House.

Shortly after the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, Williams was discharged from the Marine Corps. Williams recalled that he struggled with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the war, until he found solace in his religious faith in the 1960s. He would go on to serve as the Medal of Honor Association’s chaplain.

Following the war, Woody worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for 33 years as a Veterans Service Representative, allowing him to continue serving veterans and their families.

He served as the Commandant of the Veterans Nursing Home in Barboursville, WV for nearly 10 years, helping veterans who were often in their last years of life.

Woody traveled back to Iwo Jima with the National World War II Museum’s Educational Travel program and graciously delivered the keynote address at the 2017 International Conference. 

He founded the Woody Williams Foundation, a charitable 501c(3) nonprofit organization that pursues specific endeavors and goals through the vision of Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. The Foundation encourages, with the assistance of the American public and community leaders, establishing permanent Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities throughout the United States, conducting Gold Star Families Outreach across the country, providing Living Legacy scholarships to eligible Gold Star Children, and advocating for educational benefits for all Gold Star Family members.

To date, Woody and his foundation are responsible for establishing 103 Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments across the United States with more than 72 additional monuments underway in 50 states and 1 U.S. Territory.

Please remember Woody Williams and his legacy to serve our nations veterans and their families.

Fargo Veteran’s National Cemetery


8709 40th Ave. N, County Road 20
Harwood, ND 58042
[Do not mail items to this address]

Phone: 701-451-4650

Scheduling a Burial: Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.

Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.


Burial in the national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran.

Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.


Fargo National Cemetery is a new 4.82-acre Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) national cemetery located in southeast North Dakota. The cemetery will serve the burial needs of more than 30,000 Veterans, their spouses and eligible family members.

This is the first national cemetery built in North Dakota and is part of the VA National Cemetery Administration Rural Initiative to provide access to VA burial benefits for Veterans who reside in rural areas and who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state Veterans cemetery.

The VA purchased the land in June 2016 and awarded a contract to build the cemetery in July 2017. The cemetery was dedicated on September 7, 2019. First interments will take place shortly thereafter. The first phase of cemetery development will offer more than 3,000 casket and cremation spaces to accommodate burials for the next 10 years. The cemetery will provide burials for caskets, in-ground and columbarium burials for cremations, as well as a memorial wall for remains that are unrecoverable or identified, were buried at sea, donated to science or cremated and remains scattered.

You’re Invited! Traill County 4th of July Parade 2022 Hatton, ND

July 2nd- SATURDAY

1:00-4:00pm- Hatton Eielson Museum Tours

9:30pm-Midnight -Hatton Swimming Pool Midnight Swim and Fireworks Show. Price: $1.00 per person/single & family memberships will be honored. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

July 3rd- SUNDAY

8:30-10:00am – Breakfast in the Hatton Park Shelter (free will offering)

10:00am – All faith worship service honoring our area veterans. Pastor Shari & Pastor Diane. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring a lawn chair and join us! Sponsored by the local area churches.
1:00pm -3:00pm – Free root beer floats – Goose River Bank in Hatton 1:00pm-4:00pm – Hatton Eielson Museum Tours
5:00pm-8:00pm – Car Show – at the Hatton Blue Line Bar and Grill. Many giveaways and prizes for winners! Sponsored by Blue Line Bar and Grill
7:00pm – 5k and 2.5k run/walk. Register at the Hatton Park (Contact Fred Strand or Lisa Iverson)
7:00pm – Minnow Races – Blue Line Bar and Grill. (21+only)
9:00pm – 1:00am – Street Dance featuring 8th Hour – at the Hatton Blue Line Bar and Grill. (21+only , no cover charge.)

July 4th- MONDAY
*8:00am – Breakfast at the Hatton Blue Line Bar and Grill

*9:30am – Kiddie parade. Preregister at the Hatton Goose River Bank. Start in front of Bucks Place. Sponsored by Naastad Brothers, Hatton Granite and Goose River Bank.

*10:00am – Hatton Men’s Club Parade. Line up at the old movie theater lot. Parade in reverse procession.

*11:30am – Kiddie Tractor Pull (sanctioned) ages 4-11 (Aspire Financial parking lot)
Fire truck rides and games – (at the Hatton Fire Hall)

*11:30am – Hatton Community Center annual dinner. Sponsored by Hatton Eielson Museum Price: Adults $8/Kids $4

*1:00-4:00pm Hatton Eielson Museum Book Signing with Paulette Bullinger co-author of the renowned book “North Dakota’s Polar Pilot. (Books available for $17)

*2:00pm – Demolition derby. Register by 1pm. $4200 total purse. Pickup derby -one heat. Chain-c bang class. For rules and info call Brandon at 701-471-5826 Price: Adults $10/Kids $5 (5 and under free).
Raffel tickets: 4-wheeler giveaway – $2/ticket 

Congratulations Veteran David Hanson

An award ceremony took place on Monday night, June 27th 2022 at the American Legion Post 70 meeting in Hatton, North Dakota. Commander Gordon Aubrey awarded David Hanson a Certificate for 50+ years of Continuous Membership in the American Legion. David Hanson stated that he has been a member of the American Legion for 56 continuous years all thanks to his dad who helped him sign up in the first place. Thanks dad!

Commander Gordon Aubrey and Veteran David Hanson

Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt- Taking Applications Now

The Disabled Veteran Deer Hunt will take place on Monday, November 7th, 2022 and Monday, November 14th, 2022 at Camp Grafton, North Dakota with a maximum of 5 hunters allowed per day.

All applications must be postmarked by September 30, 2022 to be considered.  

NOTE: A screening committee will select 10 applicants. Successful applicants will be notified by mail no later than October 15th, 2022. Unsuccessful applicants will have their gun license applications and fee returned. Veterans who are 50% disabled or greater are encouraged to apply. *PLEASE NOTE: This is a shotgun with slug only hunt, no rifles will be allowed or provided this year.*

APPLICATIONS: are available at 2 locations in Traill County:

(1) The Traill County Veterans Service Office in Hillsboro at the Courthouse (Monday-Thursday)

(2) The Traill County Veterans Service Office in Mayville at the City Hall (Fridays Only)


(1) Application from local Traill County VSO Office

(2) Proof of General Tag Purchase

(3) $30.00 State Residential License Fee *Check payable to ND State Game and Fish*

(4)Copy of VA Rating Decision or VA Tax Abatement Letter


Grant available for ND Veterans with PTSD

North Dakota Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may now apply for a grant which may provide them with a specially trained Service Dog. These service dogs are trained right here in North Dakota to assist Veterans who suffer from PTSD. The dogs provide the special needs of the veteran they are to serve whether it is calming anxiety attacks, providing comfort and assurance in public settings or waking a veteran from a nightmare. PTSD service dogs have proven to greatly assist Veterans in returning to a more normal life and reintegrating back into their community. Service Dogs for America has several of these highly trained service dogs ready to be placed with a veteran in need.

To meet the minimum qualifications for a PTSD service dog the Veteran must be a North Dakota resident, have a diagnosis of PTSD, be engaged in counseling or therapy and have a doctor’s recommendation for a PTSD Service Dog. All qualified Veterans are urged to apply. The grant is made possible by the 63rd ND Legislative Assembly and private donors.


WEBSITE: Service Dogs for America

and download the Preliminary Application

CALL: 701-685-2242


American Legion Department of North Dakota 2022 Department Annual Convention

2022 Department Convention
June 24-26, 2022
Dickinson Roosevelt Grand Dakota Lodge
1-701-483-5600   $109 plus tax group rate


REMINDER: Please make your hotel reservations by June 1st for the Legion rate of $109. After June 1st you will not receive the Legion rate.

Tickets purchased after June 9th can be purchased at the registration desk. A limited number of tickets are available and are sold on a first come first served basis.

CLOSED 06/20/22

The Veterans Service Office will be CLOSED on Monday 06/20/22 in observance of a National Holiday.

Photo by Sharefaith on

The VSO will resume normal summer business hours:

Tuesday, June 21st- Thursday June 23rd 7:00-4:30pm. (Hillsboro Office)

Friday, June 24th 8:00-Noon (Mayville Office)

You’re Invited!- Bean Bag Tournament

The Traill County Hillsboro Vets Club invites you to join their annual BEAN BAG TOURNAMENT on Saturday, June 18th at 11:00am at the Hillsboro Days Celebration in the Vets Club parking lot. (121 W. Caledonia Ave Hillsboro ND 58045) Pre-register by Friday, June 17th before 10:00pm. Call 701-636-5711. An $40 entry fee per team is required to participate.



TIME: 11:00AM

WHERE: HILLSBORO DAYS/VETS CLUB (121 W Caledonia Ave Hillsboro)

COST: $40 per team

CALL: 701-636-5711