Vietnam vet gets Bronze Star after 40 years

8/26/2011

Robert C. Berkshire earned a Bronze Star while serving in the Vietnam War, but on his way back to the States in 1971 someone stole his bag, and his star with it. However, more than 40 years later the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, resident has gotten his replacement, Army News Service reports.

Berkshire was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery when he directed the medical evacuation of two fellow soldiers while his platoon destroyed an enemy position. Although the medal went missing, he never told his friends or family about it until recently when his daughter made it her mission to get him a replacement.

"No one in the family had heard about Dad's Bronze Star," Alyson Berkshire told the news source. "My parents have always been my heroes, and I wanted to make sure Dad could be honored as one."

Berkshire was finally given a replacement medal on August 17 during a surprise ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Timothy K. Adams.

The Bronze Star is the fourth highest combat award the Armed Forces can bestow, and awarded to any soldier who distinguished themselves through "heroic or meritorious achievement or service."



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