I am a 4th generation South Dakotan. My great grandfather, Andrew Nord, immigrated from Sweden in the mid to late 1800s and settled in Bruce, SD, before South Dakota became a State. My grandfather's sister, Florence Nord, was a professional artist. Before my grandfather, Roy, passed away in 1972, he used to often doodle pictures for me and my siblings when we came to visit him and grandma, Caroline, in Madison, SD. Not sure if it was nature or nurture that got me into it, but it seems I have always been interested in art.
I am a 3rd generation Army Veteran. My grandfather, Roy, served in WWI in France as Commander of Company K, 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division (Nicknamed "The Blue Devils"). My father, Roger, served in the Korean War with Company G, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. My uncle, Alan, served in the Vietnam War and retired from the Army as a Major General. As for me, I served a total of 33 years in all Army Components (Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard). I graduated basic training twice (Artillery basic training at Ft Sill, OK, in 1978 and Infantry basic training at Ft Benning, GA, in 1993). In 1991, I was a Sergeant in the 299th Engineer Battalion and served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. In 1995, while assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, I served in Macedonia as part of United Nations peacekeeping operations, code-named "Operation Able Sentry". Prior to my retirement on June 10, 2014, I spent the last 15 years working full-time for the South Dakota Army National Guard in Rapid City and Pierre, SD.
Note: I am currently nearing the completion of an online book I’m writing about my crazy 33-year military career. This morning, I wanted to post pictures of myself on the SDARNG Color Guard, but discovered I don’t have very many at all. I checked Google Images to see if I could find some, but didn’t. However, I came across Michael Birnbaum’s photo and found your website. Mike served as our State Command Sergeant Major at the time I was the Orders, Awards and Security Clearance Manager for the SDARNG on Camp Rapid. I always liked him and thought he was a great leader.
I’m not sure how, exactly, your site works, but I agree 100% with your philosophy of making sure Soldiers’ stories don’t die. Below is a link to my story.
I call the book, “Lifer”, and dedicated a tab on the main menu for every part of the book which contains 6 chapters.
After I complete my story, I plan to write about my grandfather’s service in WWI, my dad’s service with Lloyd Burke in the Korean War and about my uncle’s Army career. My uncle retired as a Major General and served in Vietnam. All were born and raised in South Dakota.