Final Survivor Of Unique Fort Snelling Rifle Squad Laid To Relaxation

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The final survivor of the unique Rifle Squad at Fort Snelling was laid to relaxation on Friday.

World Battle II Navy veteran Charles Korlath lately obtained the Presidential Residents Award for greater than 40 years of service as a member of the rifle squad.

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WCCO’s Reg Chapman was at Fort Snelling as his life and repair to comrades was honored.

That is how Korlath began each Friday for 40 years: Honoring a comrade with a correct burial at Fort Snelling’s Nationwide Cemetery as an authentic member of the Friday Rifle Squad.

However this Friday’s honor went to Korlath, a navy and fireplace service veteran.

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Members of St. Paul’s Hearth Division stood watch as household and pals gathered to have a good time Korlath’s life — all with unbelievable reminiscences of the person, his mission and his love for nation and neighborhood.

Charles Korlath grew up on West Seventh Road in St. Paul and enlisted within the U.S. Navy on the age of 17.

He served on a troop transport ship in 1944, throughout WWII in assist of the Pacific Theater.

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After an honorable discharge in 1948, Korlath returned residence to function a member of the St. Paul Hearth Division for 30 years.

We have been with him only one month in the past when he obtained the Presidential Residents Award.

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A 21-gun salute to the person who helped begin the Friday Rifle Squad, as a result of he noticed too many veterans being buried with no correct ship off.

Korlath and his fellow World Battle II veterans constructed their lives believing in one thing larger than themselves.

On his final Friday, it’s the consideration guard’s likelihood to offer again to the person who devoted his life to honoring his comrades.

One after the other they saluted him…acknowledging a mission accomplished, job nicely accomplished.

Korlath gave the U.S. flag to greater than 22,000 households throughout his 40 years of rifle guard service.

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For those who embrace his memorial, the Ft. Snelling Honor Rifle Guard have been of service to 83,400 navy households.

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