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|Hare Gives Galesburg Resident Missing Army Medal
|A local Congressman says he wouldn't have missed the opportunity to give a Galesburg man and retired Army Sergeant with an award he almost didn't get.
Rock Island Democrat Phil Hare Monday presented army veteran Dave Morse with a Meritorius Service Medal. Morse retired in late-2008 after what totaled to be 38 years of service, which included one tour of duty in Vietnam, as part of the 7th Battalion, 100th Division.
Hare says a snafu kept Morse from getting his medal the first time, but that if you're a veteran, persistence can pay off.
"Sometimes, a lot of veterans...don't even know that they have some of these medals coming, or that they have them, and they keep working really hard to get them," Hare said. "So, I would encourage veterans, if you believe you would be eligible for a medal, or even if you're not sure, contact the office, because this...the great part of this job, is being able to help people out who have served this country."
For his part, Morse says he's just happy that he finally got the medal he worked so hard to earn.
"It's the award that you're presented at the time of your retirement after over 20 years," Morse said. "I've waited two and a half years to get it, and I served over 38 years. It's a prestigious award. It's the highest award you can get in peace time."
Morse was a supplyman for 18 of his years in the service, and then spent another decade as an instructor before retiring.
(Rep. Phil Hare, left, talks with Dave Morse about his Meritorious Service Medal.)
(Dave Morse shows off his Meritorious Service Medal and accompanying certificate. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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