Laine served in the Army on active Duty from 1986-1988 then The WI Army National Guard from 1988-1994, and again from 2004-2006.
He has been deployed to Iraq and Kuwait and was stationed in Ft. Hood, TX, Arcadia, WI and Black River Falls.
Laine is an active member of the Melrose American Legion, and is currently employed by the Davis Furniture Company in Black River Falls and is the Co-Owner of The FOB - Irish Pub in Melrose!
Judith was a Navy Medical Repair Technician, E6, and served for 20 years. She went to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and has been stationed in Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, Italy, Illinois, and Puerto Rico.
She is currently a member of the VFW in Cochrane, WI, and will be returning to the area in October after spending time in Texas, watching her grandkids.
Geraldine served over 25 years in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. In Operation Desert Storm, she served as a nurse with a Combat Support Hospital in Saudi Arabia. She also served as the officer in charge of the Emergency Section of the 399th Combat Support Hospital in Mosul, Iraq and the Anbar Province of Iraq.
Geraldine received several Army Commendation Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal. She also received the Combat Action Badge as her hospital was frequently mortared in Mosul. Deenie retired from the Army Reserves in 2010 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Geraldine was nominated by her husband, Robert who said: "I know of her patriotism and dedication to duty, as our service in Iraq is how we met. She was my superior officer in Iraq. Now, as my wife, she's still my superior officer."
Thanks to Lt. Col. Laskey, for her bravery and service to our great country.