A Crawford County veteran, along with many of his fellow soldiers, will be honored for his service in front of hundreds of area sixth graders and the community during Pittsburg State University's Veterans Day 2008 Program, to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the PSU Student Recreation Center and Kansas National Guard Armory.
Jerry James, who entered the U.S. Army on June 20, 1968, was a participant in combat operations with his unit near Landing Zone Andy in Vietnam when he was wounded by hostile fire, which earned him the Purple Heart. His subsequent actions in caring for his fellow wounded soldiers earned him the Bronze Star Medal with a "V" device for Valor. He also earned the Air Medal.
Now James is president and CEO of Craw-Kan Telephone based in Girard. He lives in Arcadia with his wife Marilyn.
James will be presented with his three medals by Dr. Jim Aubuchon, himself a Retired Brigadier General. But James' medal presentation is only one part of the Veterans Day Program, which celebrates the veterans of all branches of military service.
Other highlights include the Color Guard tradition by PSU ROTC, the singing of service songs by the St. Mary's Choir, a speech by PSU President Tom Bryant, and the recognition of veterans and their families.
For more information, call PSU Public Relations at (620) 235-4122.
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