CAMP RIPLEY — Over a thousand Minnesotans died in Vietnam while 68,000 Gopher State residents served in that war. Here I am in my “Navy Whites” in front of a Huey helicopter, the kind used in Vietnam. The Military Museum is at this Minnesota National Guard training center, not far from St. Cloud.
CAMP RIPLEY — This cabin may have been imported from Norway and is infrequently used by the governor, although I doubt that Mark Dayton has retreated here although the horse fancier Al Quie favored this “Valhalla.”
CAMP RIPLEY — A very cramped little museum on the base tries to pay honor to those who served in several wars. The Viking Battalion’s story lends itself to a movie with soldiers on skis sabotaging a Nazi German facility in Norway experimenting with nuclear warfare. We toured this military base as part of a U of M OLLI class. Ain’t education great?