U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) presented long awaited service medals to eight veterans from the Stark County area on Wednesday night during a ceremony at MAPS Air Museum in North Canton. The veterans, who served in a time span ranging from the post-World War II occupation era to the Gulf War, earned these medals and ribbons during their service, but they had either been lost or never received.
“Securing and presenting these service medals for our veterans is one of the greatest services I have the chance to provide as a member of Congress,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “Our veterans deserve our undying appreciation, and securing these medals for those who earned them while serving our nation is just one small way to show our thanks.”
The veterans involved in the ceremony and their medals are as follows:
U.S. Army Veteran Mark Bahr: Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge and Marksmanship Badge
U.S. Army Veteran Tony Burdette Jr.: Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver “W” Bar, Expert Badge with grenade bar, Sharpshooter Badge with rifle bar and Parachutist Badge-basic
U.S. Army veteran James Hull: Army Expert Badge with rifle bar
U.S. Army Veteran Darrell Lockhart: Bronze Star, Purple Heart; Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with letter “V” device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge First Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device (1960) and a Sharpshooter Badge with rifle bar
U.S. Army veteran Robin Lee Stotzer: Army Expert Badge with auto rifle bar
U.S. Army veteran Robert Thompson: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Emblem, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal- Kuwait, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Marksman Badge with rifle bar, Army Lapel Button and the Air Assault Badge
U.S. Army and Air Force Veteran James Vinson: Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Badge with grenade bar and Sharpshooter Badge with rifle bar
U.S. Army Veteran Ivan Webster: Sharpshooter Badge with grenade bar and rifle bar
Congressman Gonzalez’s office prides itself on connecting veterans in Ohio’s 16th District to services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and other resources available locally across Northeast Ohio. Veterans seeking assistance should visit Congressman Gonzalez’s website at anthonygonzalez.house.gov/services for more information, or contact the Canton office at 330-599-7037.