Veterans receive overdue medals

June 19th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

The Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission is available to help veterans in a number of ways. Most recently, they helped secure medals for seven area veterans who had either lost their medals or never received them.

“Some of the things we have been doing here is providing services like this to our veterans,” said Ken Johnson president of the CCVSC. “We have many veterans in the county who could benefit from our services. We want them to come down here and we want them to help us get their records in our data base so that we can better serve them.”

On Wednesday, June 10, a special award ceremony was held at the VSC offices to present awards to seven veterans and their families.

The Clermont County Veterans
Abraham Wilder Sr. served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the following medals: Bronze Star, China Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (one bronze star), WWII Victory Medal, Occupation Service Medal (Asia), The Philippine Liberation Medal (one ruptured duck) and the U. S. Navy Discharge Pin.

John Knueven served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60. Knueven was not present for the ceremony.

Richard Jamieson served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He received the following medals: Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany).

Bonnie Sparks served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He received the following medals: Bronze Star (one silver star), Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and WWII Victory Medal.

The late Chester Reynolds Jr. served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. His son, Chet Reynolds, accepted the following medals on his behalf: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal (two bronze stars) and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60.

The late Raymond Clepper served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His family will receive the following medals in his honor: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (four service stars) and the WWII Victory Medal.

The Clermont County Veterans' Service Commission offers a variety of services to veterans and their families. In addition to assisting with receiving lost or missing medals, they also provide emergency financial assistance, transportation to the VA Medical Center for appointments, filing assistance to receive veterans benefits, flags and grave markers for all Clermont County veterans and help in obtaining lost documents to file for benefits.

The Clermont County Veterans' Service Commission is located 76 S. Riverside Drive, in Batavia. For more information about the Veterans' Service Commission, call (513) 732-7363 or visit them on the Internet at www.clermontcountyveterans.com.
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