VVA Chapter 634 recently helped Warner Cox, a Vietnam veteran in Jackson, Ohio, receive replacements for several medals and decorations he had stolen during a move six years ago. Honorably discharged as a sergeant, Cox served two tours in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
The chapter contacted U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta), a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force, for help, and Johnson presented Cox with the replacement medals at a ceremony held at the Gallipolis VFW in December. “They bring back memories,” Cox told the Gallipolis Daily Tribune. “Some are pleasant, and some are not. I’m proud to be an American and veteran, and if I had to do it all over again, I would. I know I’m free, and I would plainly stand up again alongside you or anybody.”