CINCINNATI, OH —In a ceremony on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown presented seven military service medals – including the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart that is more than 43 years overdue – to Vietnam veteran James Edward Bond. Bond served as a combat Army medic in Vietnam but the Army failed to award him a purple heart for injuries received in Vietnam. In a ceremony at the Talbert House, Brown presented Bond with replacement medals and the overdue Purple Heart
“Ohio’s veterans made invaluable contributions to our fight for worldwide peace and democracy. Our state’s current and former service members have answered the call to action without delay throughout our nation’s history,” Brown said. “As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is fighting for Ohio’s veterans by ensuring that they receive the benefits they so richly deserve.”
In addition to the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Bond received:
- National Defense Service Medal;
- Vietnam Service Medal;
- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/ Device;
- Expert Badge with Rifle Bar;
- Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.
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.