The Minnesota Military Museum will honor Minnesota veteran Jerry Huntington of Richfield as the featured veteran of the Month during September.
Jerry Huntington was born in Minneapolis, in 1934. When he was 16 years old, while attending Minneapolis North High School, he joined the 151st Field Artillery of the Minnesota National Guard. Shortly after enlisting, the Korean War started and the 151st FA, was called to active duty and sent to Camp Rucker, Ala. for training.
Huntington wanted to go with the unit but was too young to be federalized.
When he was 17, he insisted his parents sign papers authorizing him to enlist in the regular army. He volunteered for airborne training and was sent to Ft. Benning, Ga. Huntington arrived in Korea and was assigned to the 187th Regimental Combat Team (Rakkasans), an elite airborne unit.
After being discharged from active duty, Huntington rejoined the Minnesota National Guard’s 151st Field Artillery. Wanting to return to parachute jump status, he transferred to the Army Reserve’s 775th Quartermaster Company.
In this unit he received training as a parachute rigger making many parachute jumps and preparing and dropping all types of military equipment by parachute.
In 1971, Huntington transferred to the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing. His last major deployment was for Desert Storm in the winter of 1991. Huntington completed more than 40 years of military service, much of it on Airborne status.
Huntington and his wife, Shirley, have three children. His son, Jerry Jr., has continued the tradition of service in the Minnesota National Guard and has served two tours in Iraq.
The public is invited to view the entire exhibit on Jerry Huntington at the Minnesota Military Museum located at Camp Ripley. The Museum is the only museum in the state representing Minnesotans in all branches of service from frontier days to the present.