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Vietnam Veteran Commemoration

Rep. Phillips's birth father, U.S. Army Capt. Artie Pfefer, was killed in Vietnam in 1969 when Dean was just six months old. Serving in Congress more than 50 years later, Rep. Phillips is committed to honoring his memory and the sacrifice of millions of Americans who have served in uniform, along with their families. As part of that, he's partnering with the Vietnam War Commemoration program to pay tribute to Vietnam-era veterans in our community. If you served during the Vietnam War, or have a friend or family member who served, click the link below to nominate them for an official commemoration:


Nominated Vietnam-era veterans - or a surviving family member - living in Minnesota's Third Congressional District will be honored with a commemorative lapel pin and challenge coin as a small token of our nation’s gratitude. Click the red button above to nominate the veteran in your life, and we will reach out when there’s a commemoration ceremony planned in your neck of the woods. 

As a Gold Star Son, Rep. Phillips feels immeasurable gratitude to our veterans and their families, and knows that active service-members, veterans, and their families struggle to navigate both the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) bureaucracy in order to obtain their benefits. No matter when or where you served, bureaucracy should never be a barrier to care. If you or somebody you know is being treated unfairly by a federal agency, or just not getting an answer from one, click here to learn how we can help.

Commemoration Ceremonies:

Minnetonka, MN
November 12, 2022 | Ridgedale Library

Rep. Phillips honored Vietnam-era veterans William Cochrane, Douglas Hill, David Humes, Duane Kamp, Terry Kivioja, Daniel Lynch, Douglas Meyer, Gene Mickleson, Jerald Rezac, Charles "Steve" Simons, and Gary Olsen as well as American Red Cross civil servant Janice Stukas. 

Chaska, MN
August 15, 2022 | Chaska Veterans Park

 Rep. Phillips honored Vietnam-era veterans Steve Arnst, Thomas Barrett, Jerry Cerchia Jr., Richard Daniels, Thomas Erickson, Bob Johnston, Jim McEliece, Randall Merriman, Larry Moore, James Olson, Ervin Prom, Steve Tompkins, Jeffrey Towey, Norman York, Dave Schwalbe, Jim Meuffels as well as widow Janet Grieder (on behalf of Denis Nolan) and Gold Star Sister Hattie Webb (on behalf of Alfred Webb Jr.). 

Maple Grove, MN
July 06, 2022 | Maple Grove Veterans Memorial

Rep. Phillips honored Vietnam-era veterans Steve Erickson, Bob Grams, Leon Green, Rudolph Kopischke, Will Lines, David Lofgren, Bob Malecki, Gary McPherson, James Perry, Leonard Rosenberg, Jerrold Weinstein, and John Wexler, as well as widows Ginny Clark and Susan Craig.

Bloomington, MN
May 31, 2022 | Bloomington Civic Plaza

Rep. Phillips honored Vietnam-era veterans Carl (Les) Fordahl Jr., Donald Alman, Duane Brinkman, Michael Dardis, Dave Handy, Larry Hvinden, Gerald (Jerry) Martin, Edward Schuenke, Bill Middeke, Thomas Sawyer, and Jim Sorum.