MANKATO, Minn. - The first Marine from Blue Earth County to be killed in Vietnam has been honored at the Morson-Ario-Strand VFW.

George Stoltzman enlisted in the Marines at 17-years-old, after serving in Okinawa he was sent to Vietnam. In 1965 while on patrol with his company they unknowingly walked into an enemy booby trap and Stoltzman was killed. He was described by President Lyndon Johnson as a fine Marine who performed his duties in an outstanding manner. Stoltzman received the Military Merit Medal including the Gallantry Cross with Palm from the Republic of Vietnam. On the day he would have turned 72 he received a touching tribute.
 
"We have family and friends to help celebrate his life and we're putting a shadowbox. A large box filled with items memorializing his life and his service on display here in the VFW Post so that people can help his memory live on," Commander of the VFW Post #950 Tim Adams said.
 
Stoltzman's sister accepted the memorial on the family's behalf. She thanked veterans and those currently serving while extending condolences to other families whose loved ones didn't return home.

--KEYC News 12