MILITARY

Memorial held for Gen. John Vessey, ex-Joint Chiefs chairman

  • Two honor guards saluted the casket of former Army Gen. John Vessey, during his funeral at Fort Snelling Chapel, Wednesday, Aug. 31 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. Vessey, who was 94 when he died Aug. 18., will be buried Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery.  (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

    Two honor guards saluted the casket of former Army Gen. John Vessey, during his funeral at Fort Snelling Chapel, Wednesday, Aug. 31 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. Vessey, who was 94 when he died Aug. 18., will be buried Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Retired Navy chaplain Rear Adm. Donald Muchow leads a procession of mourners after the funeral of former Army Gen. John Vessey, at Fort Snelling Chapel, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 in St. Paul, Minn. Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. Vessey, who was 94 when he died Aug. 18., will be buried Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery.  (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

    Retired Navy chaplain Rear Adm. Donald Muchow leads a procession of mourners after the funeral of former Army Gen. John Vessey, at Fort Snelling Chapel, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 in St. Paul, Minn. Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. Vessey, who was 94 when he died Aug. 18., will be buried Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Family members and friends paid their respects at the funeral of former Army Gen. John Vessey, at the Fort Snelling Chapel, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. Vessey, who was 94 when he died Aug. 18., will be buried Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

    Family members and friends paid their respects at the funeral of former Army Gen. John Vessey, at the Fort Snelling Chapel, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. Vessey, who was 94 when he died Aug. 18., will be buried Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring former Army Gen. John Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan.

A memorial for Vessey, who was 94 when he died Aug. 18, was held Wednesday at the Fort Snelling Chapel. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2c1y4d3 ) reports Vessey left explicit orders that there would be no eulogy.

Instead, retired Navy chaplain Rear Adm. Donald Muchow told mourners Vessey "was always ready to say that the Lord had total power and authority over everybody and everything."

Attendees included U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese.

Vessey served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs for three years, overseeing Regan's military buildup.

He will be buried Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com