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Veterans receive Purple Hearts

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Thomas McDill shakes hands with Sen. Tim Johnson Friday after receiving numerous medals, including the Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal and Bronze Star Medal.

 

After years of serving America, two Southern Hills veterans finally received the recognition and awards they earned.
“It’s a special day for these two gentlemen,” said DD Couch of Custer, State Senior Vice Commander of the VFW. “Even though these two men are from different eras, it’s amazing how consistent war is. When you sign on the dotted line and say you want to be a soldier, you defend America from whosoever. You don’t do it for the awards. I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘I can’t wait to go to Vietnam and get a medal!’ These two men are finally given their just due.”
Presenting the medals to the two veterans was Sen. Tim Johnson.
“Some of my most rewarding experiences in Congress are working to secure medals for our veterans and having the opportunity to present them in person,” he said. “I am pleased to recognize these two veterans, to thank them for their service and to present them with well-deserved medals from their service.”
“We should never forget,” Couch said. “More people need to remember our veterans. We’re very lucky and fortunate to have representation who listen and support veterans very well.”
First to be honored was Michael Norton, 28, of Hot Springs. After enlisting in the Army in September 2008, he served with the 101st Airborne, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment. Norton served over 10 months in Afghanistan and on Jan. 5, 2011, he sustained a traumatic brain injury when Forward Operation Base Blessing came under enemy rocket attack. Norton was discharged from the Army as an E-4 in October of the same year. 

After years of serving America, two Southern Hills veterans finally received the recognition and awards they earned.

“It’s a special day for these two gentlemen,” said DD Couch of Custer, State Senior Vice Commander of the VFW. “Even though these two men are from different eras, it’s amazing how consistent war is. When you sign on the dotted line and say you want to be a soldier, you defend America from whosoever. You don’t do it for the awards. I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘I can’t wait to go to Vietnam and get a medal!’ These two men are finally given their just due.”

Presenting the medals to the two veterans was Sen. Tim Johnson.

“Some of my most rewarding experiences in Congress are working to secure medals for our veterans and having the opportunity to present them in person,” he said. “I am pleased to recognize these two veterans, to thank them for their service and to present them with well-deserved medals from their service.”

“We should never forget,” Couch said. “More people need to remember our veterans. We’re very lucky and fortunate to have representation who listen and support veterans very well.”

First to be honored was Michael Norton, 28, of Hot Springs. After enlisting in the Army in September 2008, he served with the 101st Airborne, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment. Norton served over 10 months in Afghanistan and on Jan. 5, 2011, he sustained a traumatic brain injury when Forward Operation Base Blessing came under enemy rocket attack. Norton was discharged from the Army as an E-4 in October of the same year. 

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