CINCINNATI, OH—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today presented overdue and replacement military medals to a Hamilton County veteran in a ceremony at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Brown presented Samuel Reeves, 89, with seven overdue medals and four replacement medals which he received while he was discharged.
“Ohio’s veterans made invaluable contributions to our fight for worldwide peace and democracy. Our state’s service members answered the call to action without delay, and it was only for their unhesitating service that we are able to enjoy the freedoms and liberties we have today,” Brown said. “As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I go to work each and every day committed to serving Ohio and America’s veterans and ensuring that they receive the benefits they so richly deserve. I’m honored to present Mr. Reeves with these well-earned medals today.”
Also attending today’s ceremony were Reeves’ daughter, Hiawatha Reeves; Linda Smith, Director, Cincinnati VMAC; and Tina Pfeifer who works as a nurse at the VA and learned from Reeves that he had not received all his medals.
Samuel Reeves, 89, joined the U.S. Army in December 1942 exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was in the battle of North Appennines and it was there, on November 17, 1944, he was wounded and taken prisoner of war. On April 23, 1945 he was liberated by Russian forces.
Below is a list of medals that Reeves qualified for, but had not received until today:
- Bronze Star Medal
- POW Medal
- Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award
- Expert Badge with Rifle Bar
- Sharpshooter Badge with Machine Gun Bar
- Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar
- World War II Lapel Pin
At the time of discharge, Mr. Reeves received the following medals and received replacements today:
- Good Conduct Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 bronze service star
- World War II Victory Medal
Brown’s office is continuing to work with Army Human Resources Command to verify eligibility and secure a Purple Heart for Reeves.
Earlier this month, Brown presented overdue or replacement military medals to nearly 30 veterans or their family members in a ceremony at the Summit County Veterans Service Commission in Akron. In November 2010, Brown presented the Purple Heart to Ohio Veteran Joseph D. Thomas for injuries sustained during the Vietnam War.
Ohio veterans and the family members of deceased veterans may request military records and medals by contacting Senator Brown’s Cleveland office at (216) 522-7272 or by visiting the “Constituent Services” section of Brown’s website at brown.senate.gov.