The Memorial Rifle Squad was started due to a change in the number of local active duty Armed Forces contingents.  By 1978 Minnesota had lost most of its military personnel in the Twin Cities area to a level where there were not enough personnel to provide Military honors at funerals of veterans.  Families of veterans began contacting the various congressional officers and the State Headquarters of the major Veterans organizations.  As the requests increased, it was determined that the presence of an organized Rifle Squad was necessary to honor the family requests and military burial service traditions were to be observed.

George J. Weiss Jr. with the cooperation of the Fort Snelling Cemetery Committee and other concerned veterans, formed a special committee to provide full military site honors for deceased veterans.  In 1979 George as one of the co-founders help create the Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling.  

Rifle Squad Constitution

Rifle Squad By-Laws

Founders & Co-Founders
Robert Anderson, US Army, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Frank J. DeMay, US Air Force, American Legion
  Ray Frisvold, US Army, American Legion
  Glen O’Malley, US Marine Corp, VFW 1803
Lawrence Pluta, US Navy, Fleet Reserve Association
James Stewart, US Navy, Fleet Reserve Association
Joseph J. Nicosia, US Army, Military Order of the Purple Heart
  George J. Weiss Jr., US Marine Corps, Veterans of Foreign Wars 

– Denotes Deceased

A group of veterans volunteered and became the Charter Members in accordance with the By-Laws which were adopted on January 23rd, 1980.

 

The Charter Members
  Ray Frisvold Dennis Christy
Bill Weber   Anthony Cuff
Dick Clancy   Russell Green
Carl Falkowski   Dean Hamre
Wallace Herron Lloyd Isaacson
Lloyd Jackson Joseph Jasper
James Lang Alfred Schaeppi
Bob Swanson Neville Wagoner
William Wright Ed Rosander
Melvin Schofield    
  Glenn O’Malley    

– Denotes Deceased

Squad Commanders 1979-Present
George Weiss Jr., 1980-1981 Neville N. Wagoner, 1982 Dennis H. Christy, 1983
Albert P. Schaeppi, 1984 James F. Lang, 1985 Charles P. Korlath, 1986
Charles S. Fouzie, 1987 Albert G. Grenz, 1988 Chester E. Daneilson, 1989
Kenneth E. Nelson, 1990 Oliver C. Pederson, 1991 Kenneth K. Tjosvold, 1992
Lloyd J. Jackson, 1993 Richard E. Clancy, 1994 Kevin E. Burns, 1995
Raymond V. Frisvold, 1996 Glenn E. O’Malley, 1997 Peter L. Buie, 1998
Hugh E. Vasatka, 1999 Wallace J. Herron, 2000 Daniel O. Winsjansen, 2001
John L. O’Neill Jr., 2002 *Mark H. Jessen, 2003-Resigned *George Weiss Jr., 2003-2004 Assumed Command
Bernie R. Melter 2005 Theodore A. Nemzek 2006 Clarence L. Dick 2007
Gordon L. Carlson 2008 Timothy J. Gabrio 2009 Archie W Hazzard 2010
Robert H. Nelson 2011 Gregory A. Rollinger 2012 Daniel J.Fisher 2013
Terri A. Winter 2014  Richard T. Geis 2015  Michael L. Pluta 2016
Allan J. Johnson 2017