Siouxland Vietnam Vet receives long-overdue war medals
By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
Roger Baldwin received more than a half a dozen medals Friday.
A Siouxland Vietnam War veteran receives a long-overdue recognition for his service to the country.
Iowa Congressman Steve King presented Roger Baldwin with more than a half a dozen medals Friday. They include the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, and the National Defense Service Medal. Baldwin never received some of his medals, and others got lost along the way. Baldwin says 45 years after he time in the military, the medals serve as a thank you for service.
"Today means a lot to me because it means that the country is finally honoring the Vietnam veterans and it's been a long time coming," says Baldwin. "Because I love my country and with the love I have for my country, if they called me today, I'd go today."
Baldwin joined the Air Force after he graduated from high school in Ohio. He served a year in Vietnam, where he worked as a packaging preservation specialist.
Congressman King says it's an honor for him to present veterans, like Baldwin, with their well-deserved recognition.
"When you have a veteran that comes in that doesn't have their medals and if we can get their medals for them, I know it's a point of pride for them that they so richly deserve," says King.
Congressman King says he hopes others will see Baldwin's medals and they will serve as an inspiration for the next generation.
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