Bravery at the Battle of Tippecanoe and during the War of 1812 distinguished the military career of Colonel Josiah Snelling, but he is best known for commanding Fort Snelling in the 1820s. It was the first permanent U.S. government outpost in what would become the state of Minnesota.
Henry Benjamin Whipple, the first Episcopal bishop of Minnesota, is known for his missionary work among the Dakota and Ojibwe and his efforts to reform the U.S. Indian administration system. After the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862, Whipple was one of the few white men to oppose the death sentences of 303 Dakota.
A soldier of Second Battalion, 135th Infantry, Thirty-fourth Division, hugs his wife and son upon returning home from a nine-month deployment to Kosovo, July 2008. Photograph by the Minnesota National Guard.
Soldiers from Thirty-fourth Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, discuss plans to maneuver into Pacha Khak village, Afghanistan, while conducting a dismounted patrol, April 7, 2011. Photograph by the U.S. Army.
A soldier in Bravo Co., Second Battalion, 136 Infantry Regiment (2-136) surveys the area in Al Naumyah, Al Anbar province, Iraq during operation Sledgehammer, December 2006. Photograph by the Minnesota National Guard.
A Red Bull firing squad honors one of its own at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, December 2006. The Minnesota Thirty-fourth Division soldier was killed by an IED (improvised explosive device) in Fallujah, Iraq. Photograph by Joe Roos of the Minnesota National Guard.
Four thousand members of the division’s First Brigade Combat Team create a new “animated” Red Bull emblem at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, just prior to departure for Iraq, March 2006. Photograph by the U.S. Army.
Invitation to the ceremony on February 10, 1991, that reactivated the Thirty-fourth Division. The Forty-seventh “Viking” Infantry Division was redesignated as the Thirty-fourth “Red Bull” Infantry Division—exactly 50 years after the Thirty-fourth was activated for what became World War II. The personnel and organizational structure remained the same; only the name and number was changed. Original invitation held by the Minnesota Military Museum.