Baseball heroes are being recognized at this week's MLB All-Star festivities at Target Field, but last weekend military heroes were honored by the Minnesota Twins.
Marine Cpl. Tanner Wichmann, of Maple Grove, was one of four military members honored July 6 when the Twins played the Yankees as part of the Twins Military Appreciation Day.
Wichmann, who served in the 8th Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013, was in a vehicle struck by an IED in Afghanistan during the summer of 2012, resulting in a traumatic brain injury and an injury to his lower back.
He was awarded the Purple Heart in June 2012 and was awarded a grant July 6 on behalf of the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.
"My grandfather was in the United States Navy during World War II, so family tradition was a large factor in me joining the military out of high school," Wichmann said. "Another factor for my enlistment into the United States Marine Corps was to earn the GI Bill, which would afford me an opportunity to receive a college education without the inherent debt that accompanies it. The last and biggest reason for my enlistment in the Corps was to do my part protecting the freedoms fought for by previous generations."
Wichmann is currently working while he decides where to attend college. He plans to study civil engineering or pursue a career with the FBI.
Information provided by the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.