Carter M. Pettersen

Air Force Badge
  • Name: Carter M. Pettersen
  • Location of Birth: Wadena, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 7, 1943
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Carl and Margaret Pettersen
  • High School and Class: Sebeka, Minnesota
  • College: 1970 - Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: A1C (Airman First Class)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Date Sworn In: July 7, 1963
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: July 6, 1967
  • Place of Discharge: Loring Air Force Base, Maine
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    July, 1963 September, 1963 Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
    September, 1963 February, 1964 Loring Air Force Base, Colorado
    February, 1964 June, 1964 Orlando Air Force Base, Florida
    June, 1964 July, 1966 Hahn Air Force Base, Germany
    July, 1966 July, 1967 Loring Air Force Base, Maine
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  • Military Highlights:
    Served in Germany for over two years. I was on a four-man missile launch crew. This was during the so called "Cold War". The missiles were loaded with nuclear weapons and pointed at the Russians. Thankfully, we never had to launch one.

  • Wars Involved:
    Cold War

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Graduated from Bemidji State University in 1970.

    Social Worker for Beltrami County for five years. Supervisor for Itasca County Family Services for twenty-seven years. Retired in 2003.

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