Dr. Gary Pennebaker, 66 passed away on December 23, 2014. Gary attend OCS and  thereafter volunteered for Special Forces. In April of 1970, Gary’s Mike Force unit was sent in to help save besieged Dak Seang. They were dropped off outside the camp to help  relieve the pressure on the camp. The Mike Force was promptly surrounded and fighting  for their lives when Gary was wounded in the head. Despite his injuries, he was able to call  the camp and get mortar support that broke the enemy attack and relieved pressure  around his unit. Although Gary did not know it at the time, the man he talked to in the camp that coordinated the mortar fire was Ed Komac.  Nearly, 30 years later, he met retired SGM Ed Komac at a Chapter XX SFA meeting in Minnesota.  After his 15 months in Vietnam  Gary returned to the U.S. and volunteered to return to Vietnam but was denied. He  resigned his commission and returned to Vietnam serving with a civilian air contractor in  support of our troops. Gary received 3 Bronze Star Medals, the Air Medal, a  Commendation Medal, and a Purple Heart. After the war, he followed in his parents’ and  grandfather’s footsteps by attending Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He,  his wife, and daughter, moved to Eden Prairie, MN where Gary setup his practice. 
The Kenneth Worthley Memorial Chapter Chapter XX AIRBORNE SPECIAL FORCES D E O P P R E S S O L I B E R The Kenneth Worthley Memorial Chapter Chapter XX AIRBORNE SPECIAL FORCES D E O P P R E S S O L I B E R Copyright      2013 Chapter XX  -  Special Forces Association c Vietnam Photo of Gary
William Philliskirk Steer Story, 94, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of  Dianne Marie Ripp Story, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016. His Funeral Service will be held  Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Hibben United Methodist Church, 690 Coleman Boulevard  at 10:00 am. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR,  INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.  Mr. Story was born June 6, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, son of the late  William     Morley Steer Story and the late Marion Louise Plews Story. He served in the  Canadian Army during World War II with the United States and Canadian Armies'  combined First Special Service Force. He was the recipient of the United States  Congressional Gold Medal, Canadian Silver Medal, and the United States Bronze Star. He  was the Executive Vice President for the National Association of scrap metal processing  companies. He sang in a barbershop chorus, was a member of the National Press Club,  Kiwanis Club and Hibben United Methodist Church.  
Sergeant Major, USA Retired. age 77 of Maplewood died peacefully at home on March 27,  2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward F. Komac of Nokomis IL, his mother  Phyllis Komac (Cummings) of Chicago IL, his brothers Dennis M. Komac of Springfield, IL  and Jerome D. Komac of Round Lake Beach IL. He is survived by his wife of 42 years  Barbara (Babs) Komac (Natola), Fonda, NY. His son Edward F. Komac III. Gilmer TX, and  his wife Lin and granddaughter Kate and his nieces Kim, Kara and nephew Kevin. Ed  married Babs in Augsburg Germany after he finished his third tour in Vietnam. He told one  and all that he not only had a wonderful wife but a best friend. It takes a special lady to be  married to a soldier and I had that special lady, she was always there for me. Ed joined the  Army at age 17 in 1955 and retired in 1986 with the rank of Sergeant Major. He was a Anti-  Aircraft Gunner, Infantryman, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal person. He served in  Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Germany, Israel, and Egypt. He finished his career as  Sergeant Major in charge of all the Northeastern Explosive Ordnance Detachments. During  his career he received many awards and decorations. Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal 3 awards, Meritorious Services Medal 3 awards, Army Commendation Medal 4 awards with a  V for heroism. The one award he was most proud of was his Combat Infantryman Badge  awarded to him when he was with the 5th Special Forces (Airborne). Upon his retirement  he worked for Honeywell/Alliant Tech Systems as their Explosive Ordnance person, testing  munitions. He left them to work in Kuwait after the first Gulf War where he spent 18 months  clearing unexploded ordnance during the last 6 months he cleared mine fields. Ed said he  will miss his wife, family and friends. He was glad that his last illness gave him a chance to  say good bye. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to a Veterans Organization. A  visitation is scheduled for Friday April 1 from 10 AM to Noon at the Roseville Memorial  Chapel, 2245 Hamline Ave. North, Roseville. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. 
Edward Frank Komac Jr. Born: August 01, 1938 Died: March 27, 2016
Bernard (Ben) Fenske, SGM (Ret) 78, went to his eternal home June 20, 2009 at VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. He was born July 21, 1930. He married Sarah E. Cook on September 2, 1949 in Franklin, KY. SGM Fenske served 22 years in Special Forces and other airborne units, serving 11 years overseas in Korea, Japan, Germany, and Laos. SGM Fenske served with the 187th Regimental Combat Team (Abn) during the Korean Conflict, the 11th Airborne in Munich, the 10th Group in Bad Tolz, and in Laos, Operation White Star, with the Special Forces. He was an artilleryman prior to joining SF. During his military career he was an avid sport parachutist, as well as a military parachutist accumulating a total of 350 jumps. His military awards and decorations include the Master Parachutist Badge, Halo Jump Master Badge, Army Commendation Ribbon, 7 awards of the Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation (Japan), National Defense Service Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, The Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the United Nations Medal. Survivors include 3 sons, 2 daughters, 19 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Jon Michael Krancich, age 49, died December 6, 2006 in Kandahar, Afghanistan while employed as a private security contractor for the U.S. Protection and Investigations security co. A highly decorated veteran, Jon dedicated his life by proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army Rangers and Special Forces. His expertise, experience, and high level military training took him to the world most dangerous places protecting lives, including those of world leaders and royalty. He loved animals, and also enjoyed and appreciated the quiet beauty that life offered. He was a dependable friend in both military and private life, and will be greatly missed by his loving family. May the blessings of Heaven be bestowed upon you. May our brothers death awake the hearts and minds that take life for granted. Richard F. "Dick" Henrickson, retired Army Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj., 74, of Isle MN, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, in the St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital. He was born July 21, 1934, in Crosby, Minn., to Eiler C. and Mabel (Baker) Henrickson. He served 33 years with the Army, spanning the Korean War to the Vietnam War. He was a member of Gideon International; a board member of Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club, Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Post No. 557, in Deerwood; Isle VFW Post No. 2816, Special Forces Decade Association; Air Borne Regimental Combat Teams Association, Rakkasans 187th RCT; Sergeant Major Association; and Bethesda Lutheran Church, Malmo. He was a former member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, N.C., and Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.
John Justin Hankes, age 96 of Hastings, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at the Prescott  Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott, WI. John was born June 11, 1921, in  Hastings to Charles and Elsie (Humm) Hankes. He attended Hastings Schools and in 1941  enlisted in the United States Army. In the summer of 1942, a call went out for volunteers  who had experience hunting and shooting and John stepped forward. John became a  member of the First Special Service Force, a first-ever blend of   900 U.S. and 900  Canadian troops. This force was the predecessor to the modern day Green Berets, Army  Rangers and Navy Seals. It trained at Ft. Harrison in Helena, MT, in 1942 forming an elite  commando unit known as "The Devil's Brigade." A major motion picture by that title  highlighting the unit's wartime exploits came out in 1968. The Congressional Gold Medal  was awarded to his unit Feb. 3, 2015, in Washington, D.C. John attended along with other  former unit members and said he accepted the honor not just for himself, but for the  Hastings 5 - home-town men from the unit who are no longer with us - Dale Hamilton,  George Hild, Frances Brooke, and Lt. Jimmy Moore. He also accepted the medal on behalf  of living brigade comrades who could not attend, those who died since the war, and most  importantly, those who never made it home.
John Justin Hankes Born: June 11,1921 Died: Oct. 19, 2017