December 19, 2014

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Holiday sees dedication, long-overdue medals to vets

Four local veterans and three families of veterans were presented with their long-overdue service medals on Friday at a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520 in Brunswick on Friday.

Some medals had been lost over time, and others were never received for various reasons.

Robert Schubert

The ceremony was part of a program sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon. Brown’s office staff researched and verified the veterans’ service and presented them with their medals:

• Ralph Bailey, of Brunswick, who served in the Navy from 1943 to 1944. Bailey’s wife, Doris Bailey Dean, accepted his American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, discharge button, and honorable service lapel pin.

• David Berrow, of Brunswick, who served in the Army from 1963 to 1965. Berrow was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam campaign ribbon and a sharpshooter badge with rifle bar.

• Glenn Cullin, of Litchfield, who served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1957. Cullin was awarded a Vietnam Service Medal.

• David Ruf, of Valley City, who served in the Army from 1968 to 1971. Ruf’s wife Christine Ruf accepted his Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and sharpshooter badge with rifle bar.

• Robert Schubert, of Medina, who served in the Air Force in 1945. Schubert was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal with a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal, World War II Victory Medal and honorable service lapel button.

• James Stewart, of Medina, who served in the Air Force from 1958 to 1962. Stewart received a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award.

• Albert Turner, of Medina, who served in the Army from 1943 to 1945. Turner’s daughter Patricia Strickland accepted his Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a silver service star, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal with Germany clasp, combat infantryman badge 1st award, honorable service lapel button World War II and sharpshooter badge with rifle bar.

Contact Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.