Bio: Rueth, John (Meritorious Service Awards -1969)

Contact: Audrey Roedl
Email: audrey@wiclarkcountyhistory,org

Surnames: Rueth

----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, WI) July 17, 1969

Rueth John, Award Metals for Meritorious Service

On Friday, July 11, 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Rueth were awarded posthumously the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart, and Good Conduct Medal. These medals were presented by Captain Richard Chapin from Eau Claire.

The Bronze Star,is presented posthumously for distinguishing himself by outstanding service in connection with ground operations against hostile force in the Republis of Viet Nam.

The Air Medal is presented posthumously for distinguishing himself by meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight in support of Combat Ground Forces of the Republic of Viet Nam. During this time he actively participated in more than twenty-five aerial missions missions over hostile territory in support of counterinsurgency operations. During all of these missions he displayed the highest order of air discipline and acted in accordance with the best traditions of the service.

The Purple Heart was awarded for wounds received in action in Viet Nam resulting in his death on the 17th of March 1969.

Prior to death, John had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert with machine gun bar, Sharpshooter Badge with rifle bar, and the Marksman Badge with pistol bar.

If anyone wishes to see these awards and medals, they are welcome to come to the Franklin Rueth home here they have been on display.



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