Minnesota Vietnam veteran honored 40 years after his service



A Minnesotan was honored Saturday for his service in the Vietnam War.

Steven Halverson, of Minneapolis, received the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Service Medal 40 years after his "distinguished" service, according to an email news release.

Halverson served in Vietnam from November 1969 to November 1970, with Company B, 125th Signal Battalion, 25th Infantry Division.

He also received the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation for "deeds of valor and heroic conduct while in combat."

As part of Saturday's event, Halverson wanted to make sure it highlighted the services available for struggling veterans because he had a "rough ride," KSTP says.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has information on its website for veterans seeking help.

To see photos from Saturday's ceremony, click here.

There were about 68,000 Minnesotans who served in Vietnam – 1,077 were killed, and 43 are missing in action, according to the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial website.

Saturday also marked Armed Forces Day.


Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.


47 years later, Minnesota Vietnam veteran buried with honors at Fort Snelling

After a long wait, the remains of Navy Lieutenant William Swanson are home in Minnesota. Swanson's plane was shot down in 1965 and until recently he was listed as missing in action. But his remains were finally identified near a village in Laos and Monday family members saw Swanson buried with full military honors. Flags will fly at half-staff Tuesday in his honor.

Minnesota honors women veterans

Monday is Women's Veterans Day in Minnesota. An official with the Veterans Affairs Department says the recognition is important to female veterans. Many, she says, don't even think of themselves as veterans because of their non-combat roles in the service.