Nominated by Arnold Ronning: This military hero will be a bit of a surprise to many, because my father, Arvid Ronning, was a conscientious objector.
In 1958 he withdrew from ROTC at St. Olaf college because he felt the gospel of Jesus Christ called him to nonviolence. (In the 1950’s, ROTC was still compulsory for men.) Because of this he was threatened with expulsion from
the college. Nonetheless, his ROTC commander actually came to my father’s defense stating that he believed my father’s stance not one of cowardice but conviction. Then, in 1965 my father’s brother Kennet was drafted. Now my
uncle Kennet was newly married and was farming in Montana. At the time my father was unmarried and had just finished medical residency. Thus, he elected to go in his brother’s place and served in the Coast Guard as a medical
officer. My father remained a committed activist for peace his whole life. This did not stop him from witnessing about Jesus Christ to our neighbor who was a Vietnam veteran and suffering severe PTSD. My father loved to quote, ‘The word of God is alive and active, sharper than a two-edged sword’ (Hebrews 4:12). Now my father is with the Lord, but I wanted to share these memories.
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