Born on his family's farm in the Tenhassen Township, Martin County (Wilbert, Minnesota) in 1937
Now lives in Fairmont, Minn.
U.S. Army Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran
Donald Tietje's military career began in 1957 when, following in his late brother Herb's footsteps, Donald enlisted in the Army Reserve and was part of the government's “Federal Reserve” program. “You signed-up for a six year enlistment,” Tietje explained. “It was two years of active duty and four years in the reserves.” He was activated at the start of the Viet Nam War in 1961 and also was stationed in Korea for a year with the 181th Signal Corps depot where he worked repairing radio and electronic equipment.
Tietji is currently the Commander of the Korean War Veterans Post Chapter 254, former Minnesota American Legion 2nd District Commander (2011-2012) and a former VFW Post Commander.
You can read more about Mr. Tietje's military experience in the planned coffee table-style photo book “Portrait of a Veteran.”