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Associated Press, Published September 11 2010

VA clinic in Alexandria to honor Minnesota 9-11 victim

ALEXANDIA, Minn. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs clinic in Alexandria is being rededicated to honor a Minnesota native killed on 9-11.

Max J. Beilke was a 1950 graduate of Alexandria High School. He served 22 years of active duty in the U.S. Army and was the last U.S. combat soldier to officially leave Vietnam. He was a civilian Army employee on Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon.

U.S. Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be among the speakers Saturday when the VA clinic in Alexandria is renamed for Beilke.

Shinseki knew Beilke from their work at the Pentagon, and he escorted Beilke's widow at his burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Max J. Beilke Community-Based Outpatient Clinic serves a seven-county area.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.