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Gianforte Announces 2018 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation Recipients

October 5, 2018
Press Release

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced the recipients of the 2018 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, a unique recognition of Montana veterans who served our country and continued their service in our communities.

“The generosity and dedication of Montana’s veterans make our state a special place. Today, I am honored to recognize some of our extraordinary veterans with the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation. This year’s recipients represent the very spirit of Montana – neighbor helping neighbor,” said Gianforte. “On behalf of all Montanans, I thank them for their selfless service to our country and their invaluable contributions to our communities.”

Gianforte created the annual Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in 2017 to recognize outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served our nation and our communities. Starting in July, Gianforte asked Montanans to help him identify nominees for this year’s award, and their response was overwhelming.

Gianforte will present recipients with a commemorative flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in their honor at a ceremony. He will also highlight the recipients of the 2018 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

2018 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation Recipients:

Len Albright of Bozeman – U.S. Air Force; Vietnam War

John Alex of Libby – U.S. Air Force; Vietnam War

Harry Armstrong of Belgrade – U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve; 1964-1976 

Donald Bost of Lewistown – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Micah Fink of Manhattan – U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve; Combat as a Navy SEAL

Stephen Garrison of Helena – U.S. Army; Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Miguel Gonzalez of Billings – U.S. Army; Operation Iraqi Freedom

Harold “Pete” Godtland of Butte – U.S. Army; World War II

Eileen Greb of Butte – U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve; Vietnam War

Chris Grudzinski of Billings – U.S. Army; Operation Iraqi Freedom

Charles Kins of Eureka – U.S. Marine Corps; Vietnam War

Melissa Kloiber of Great Falls – U.S. Air Force; Operation Desert Strom

Daniel LaFromboise of Wolf Creek – U.S. Marine Corps; 1957 - 1960

Louis Loader of Hobson – U.S. Navy; 1952 - 1960

Douglas Mason of Corvallis – U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve; Grenada

Ronald Merwin of Ronan – U.S. Navy; Vietnam War

Alfred Olson of Miles City – U.S. Air Force; 1956 - 1962

Ladd Paulson of Billings – U.S. Marine Corps; 1983 - 1989

Martel Reum of Wolf Point – U.S. Army; Operation Deliberate Force