CINCINNATI, OH — In a ceremony on Friday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will present seven military service medals – including the Purple Heart – to Vietnam veteran James Edward Hardy. Hardy served in combat operations in Vietnam, receiving multiple gunshot wounds during his service. In a ceremony at the Hamilton County Municipal Court Building, Brown will join State Senator Eric Kearney and Judge Fanon Rucker in presenting Hardy with medals nearly 44 years overdue.  

“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 Purple Heart, Hardy will receive: 

  • National Defense Service Medal;
  • Vietnam Service Medal;
  • Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award;
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon;
  • Expert Badge with Auto Rifle Bar; and
  • Parachutist Badge;

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