An inventory seems less like work and more like fun when you imagine the stories that may be associated with the historic weapons secured in a vault at the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office warehouse in Bismarck, N.D. The collection includes a number of Japanese Arisaka rifles and "knee mortars" captured by the 164th Infantry Regiment during three years in the South Pacific during WWII.
Staff Sgt. Kile Kistler reads a serial number as Spc. Samantha Crabbe verifies the information on the annual inventory listing on Sept. 28, 2020. The Soldiers assisted the N.D. National Guard historian this past month with inventory, sorting and cleaning items in storage. (U.S. Army National Guard photo and story by Shirley Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard Historian)
Staff Sgt Louis J. Hanson, who served with Company E, 164th Infantry Regiment from 1941-1945, received a new ribbon bar in honor of his 101st birthday on Sept. 27, 2020. "The Japs met up with somebody new," quipped Hanson when recalling the Regiment's landing on Guadalcanal Oct. 13, 1942 while reinforcing the 1st Marine Division. He earned four "battle" stars for his service during the campaigns of Guadalcanal, Northern Solomons, Leyte and Southern Philippines. (U.S. National Guard story and photo by Shirley J. Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard historian)
Father - Daughter Dance
The N.D. National Guard Child and Youth program held its 5th annual Military Father - Daughter Ball at the Heritage Museum in Bismarck, N.D. on Sept. 26, 2020. Military daughters and their fathers always look forward to the event which provides an opportunity for uninterrupted quality time spent together. This years event was attended by 41 father-figures and 59 daughters. (U.S. Army National Guard photos and story by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
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