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Vietnam war medic honored at Brighton 4th parade

July 4, 2014
Associated Press

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Richard Dawsey was 19 years old when the Vietnam war draft called him up for duty.

Now 68, the Brighton resident earned three Bronze Stars for heroism, two Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts during 12 months in combat in Southeast Asia.

Organizers of this year's Independence Day parade in Brighton selected Dawsey as one of three grand marshals.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus ( ) says he went to Vietnam in 1966, getting shot in the stomach and hit with shrapnel in the leg.

Known as "Skip," he says he doesn't like to dwell on awards because "that's not why" someone serves as a medic.

He says one of his hardest moments was treating a wounded friend, only to have another shot hit and fatally wound his patient.


Information from: Livingston County Daily Press & Argus,



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