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Clarence Larson post nominates two for distinguished service awards

By Sue Sitter - | Oct 24, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Clarence Larson American Legion Post Commander John Gustafson is flanked by honorees Tilman Hovland, left, and Ron Montonye, right.

The Clarence Larson American Legion Post 23 selected two members on Oct. 15 for two state-level awards for distinguished service within their posts.

Post Commander John Gustafson nominated longtime members Ron Montonye and Tilman Hovland for the honors.

Gustafson said post members voted recently at a regular meeting to nominate member Montonye for the American Legion Department of North Dakota Legionnaire of the Year award. Members also voted to nominate Hovland for the American Legion Distinguished Service award.

“Both of these awards have slightly different criteria but are similar in that they are both for those who continually go above and beyond,” Gustafson said in a written statement.

Gustafson said Hovland and Montonye “were both unanimously chosen by members of Post 23 present at the meeting conducted on the eighth of October. They both exemplify the spirit of the American Legion motto, ‘For God and Country.'”

“Their nominations will be forwarded to the American Legion Department of North Dakota in West Fargo for consideration for award at the state level,” Gustafson added.

Both men served in the U.S. Army. Hovland taught for many years in the Rugby Public School District. The Tilman Hovland Auditorium at Rugby High School was named in his honor. Montonye worked as an electrical engineer before retiring. Montonye now works as a substitute teacher and contributes a biweekly column on veterans’ topics to The Pierce County Tribune.

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