Nixon Prepares To Present Silver Star Banners To Vets

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Monday, April 28 2014 Apr 28, 2014 Monday, April 28, 2014 4:43:00 PM CDT April 28, 2014 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon is preparing to present four veterans with Silver Star banners and certificates Wednesday. The veterans were each wounded, or suffered from illness or injury while serving in combat zones.

Nixon will present the Silver Star to Edward "Babe" Gross, a World War II Army Air Corps radio operator and machine gunner, James Shipley who served as an airplane mechanic with the Tuskegee Airmen, Army Korean War veteran Bill Stroud and Vietnam veteran State Senator Wayne Wllingford.

Governor Nixon signed a bill in 2009 designating May 1 as Silver Star Families of America Day to recognize ill or injured veterans in the state of Missouri.

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