LORAIN — It was better late than never for an Army veteran who received three medals he earned while serving, but never received.
On June 2, Lorain City Council and its audience gave a standing ovation to Felix Bermuda-Gonzalez, a retired Ford worker and a Lorain Police Department Auxiliary officer since 1976.
Bermuda-Gonzalez served in the Army from 1963 to 1965 and should have received his National Defense Service Medal for military service in the Vietnam War era. Trained as a turret mechanic, he also earned a Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar.
But because of an oversight, the veteran never received the honors until the were bestowed at Lorain City Hall in conjunction with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Office and with a proclamation from Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer.
“Felix’s sense of duty and dedication did not cease when he was discharged from the United States Army,” Ritenauer said. “Felix’s desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others continues to be demonstrated by his generous volunteer service as an auxiliary officer with the Lorain Police Department since 1976.”
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