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Associated Press, Published August 31 2010

Former ND National Guard commander dies

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A World War II Battle of the Bulge veteran who went on to command the North Dakota National Guard has died.

Dunseith native Charles Emerson Murry died Sunday in Bismarck at age 86.

Murry also served as a director of the newly created North Dakota Legislative Council from 1951 to 1975. Current Guard Adjutant General David Sprynczynatyk says Murry helped establish the council and write a lot of the laws the state has today.

Murry was appointed the Guard's lead general in 1975 by then-Gov. Art Link. He served in the post through 1984. He then served as manager of the Garrison Diversion Project from 1985 to 1993.

Funeral services are Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Murry will be buried at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.