Jerry George Lien

Army Badge
  • Name: Jerry George Lien
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 7, 1949
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Elwin and Violet Lien
  • High School and Class: 1967 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    Staples Vo-Tech School, Staples, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: SP 4 (Specialist 4)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: December 9, 1971
  • Place Sworn In: Itasca County Court House, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: December 7, 1973
  • Place of Discharge: Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    December, 1971 March, 1972 Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
    March, 1972 December, 1973 Fort Riley, Kansas
    January, 1973 April, 1973 Served in Germany War Games
  • Military Awards:
    Letter of Appreciation, dated 26 October 1972 to:
    PFC Jerry G. Lien
    F Company, 701st Maintenance Battalion
    Fort Riley, Kansas

    On 14 October 1972, representatives of the 1st Infantry Division participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Abilene, Kansas. The ceremony was performed with impressive dignity and precision, as attested to by the highly laudatory remarks of the Director of the Eisenhower Center and others who were present.
    In your role as a member of the Firing Party at the ceremony, you played a major part in making this a memorable event, and in paying honor to the memory of a great soldier and President.
    On behalf of the Present of the United States, who directed that the ceremony be conducted and on behalf of the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division, I thank you for your outstanding performance.

    The letter was signed by Jack R. Sadler, Brigadier General, USA
    Deputy Post Commander

  • Military Highlights:
    I was drafted January, 1971 and sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. At the end of training, five men in our company were promoted to Private E-2 and I was one of them. I felt proud of that.

    After basic I was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas to serve in the 1st Infantry Division as a machinist in a helicopter unit. We didn't have a lot to do, so they asked if anyone wanted to join the Honor Guard that just started up; so I did. We trained for the Honor Guard after doing our regular duty, and we were good at it. We went to many funerals around Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. On October 14, 1972, we were chosen to do the wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Abilene, Kansas, which was an honor to represent the 1st Infantry Division at this event. I also got to meet President Eisenhower's wife, Mamie.

    We went to Germany in January, February, and March of 1973 to play war games with other countries for three months. We slept in tents and moved around all the time.

    I was honorably discharged in December, 1973 and sent home.

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