Name: David Brunsvold
Hometown: Moorhead, MN
Current Residence: Fargo, ND
Board Position: Treasurer
Military Career: I enlisted in the US Army in February 1968, did my Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington and my AIT at Fort Ord, California getting trained as a Personnel Specialist 71H. My first Duty Station was with HHC, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas in the G3 Operations from September 1968 until October 1969. I received my orders for Vietnam in October 1969 and arrived in South Vietnam November 1969. I was assigned to HHC, 101st Airborne Division, Camp Eagle, served as the Company Clerk from November 1969 until October 25, 1970 at which time I returned to the United States and was released from Active Duty.
Education/Certifications/Advance Training: I have 2 years of college and On-the-Job Training using the GI Bill with Hornbachers as a Produce Specialist as I had no knowledge of the Grocery/Produce Business.
History with Honor Flight: I started with the Honor Flight in the Spring of 2015 as a Committee member but was moved to the Board of Directors as the Treasurer when the original Treasurer asked to be released from his duties. I have gone on every Honor Flight, 7 Flights so far, since October 2015 and look forward to going on many more. I am on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer, plus on the last 6 trips I have been a Bus Captain for the Orange Bus. I am also at the Check In Table for the Banquet and Breakfast while in Washington DC to make sure ALL Veterans get down for the meals.
Why I am passionate about HF: As a Vietnam Veteran, I consider these Veterans my brothers/family. It is a Honor to take these Veterans to Washington DC to let them see the Memorials dedicated to their service, plus many other memorials.
Favorite Memories: I think the first time I saw the Police Escort on Monday morning going into Washington DC was amazing, but the true highlight is the Homecoming when we return Monday evening and watching the Veterans expressions. It warms your heart.
Phone Number: 701-261-2049
Other: I am totally amazed by the dedication of the Board of Directors and all the Volunteers that serve on our Fundraising Committee. The generosity of the people and their donations is truly eye opening as we could not do it without their support.
Name: David Rice
Hometown: Mayville, ND
Current Residence: Fargo, ND
Military Career: I enlisted in the United States Navy right after High School and went on Active Duty when I was 17 years old. I attended Boot Camp in San Diego, CA and then advanced training in electronics. My orders were to meet my Ship home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan for duty off the coast of Vietnam conducting Naval Gunfire Support Operations. I spent the next three plus years on the USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), a light cruiser with a three-barrel 6-inch 47 caliber turret and a two-barrel 5-inch 38 caliber turret and a Talos Missile Launcher. The Sailors aboard the USS Oklahoma City received several citations during this period including the: Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Citation; Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals and several others. After my return home I served over 37 years in the Naval Reserve. I retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) with 42 years of service in 2011.
Education/Certifications/Advanced Training: I received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University utilizing the GI Bill. After graduation I taught a sophomore level economics class at NDSU for one year then moved into a research position. My career continued in the NDSU Extension Service for another 30 years as a Computer Specialist and retired in 2008.
History with Honor Flight: Tracy Briggs, WDAY, called a meeting with leaders of area Veterans Organizations in 2007 introducing Honor Flight and stating that she/WDAY would not proceed without the support of area Veterans, we were all in, the rest is History. I have served on the Honor Flight Board of Directors and as a Bus Captain since 2007 conducting twelve trips with about 1,400 Veterans traveling to Washington, DC to see the Memorials Created in their Honor. (Includes the May 2019 trip.)
Why I am passionate about HF: I came home from Vietnam alive, over 58.000 of my brothers and sisters didn’t. The more I learn about other war conflicts the more grateful I am for their service. I have lived a great life, I want to give back to my fellow Veterans and our Patriotic Community. The dedication of our volunteers is contagious.
Favorite Memories: Watching and thanking a four-year-old for dropping 22 cents in the donation jar; seeing Senator Bob Dole visit and take pictures with our Veterans at the WWII Memorial; witnessing a WWII Veteran being hugged and thanked for saving the World – and seeing tears roll down his cheeks; taking two of our trips on a 747; working with some of the most amazing people I have ever met; seeing a couple hundred Patriotic Americans at the Fargo Airport to Welcome Home our Honor Flight Heroes.
Phone Number: 701-866-9085
Other: Can a bunch of Very Dedicated Volunteers and an Extremely Generous Community raise a couple million dollars to Honor our Veterans? You Betcha!