US Senator Johnson Awards Military Medals
Friday U.S. Senator Tim Johnson traveled around the Black Hills to honor local veterans and award Military medals.
The Senator’s first stop was in Custer to honor two veterans and present both with a Purple Heart.
At the age of 91 World War II veteran, former POW, and Bataan Death March survivor Thomas McDill is finally receiving not only the Purple Heart but several other medals including the Bronze Medal and POW Medal for his military service.
The second veteran honored at Custer’s medal ceremony was Hot Springs native Michael Norton, who served in Afghanistan for over 10 months until his base came under attack.
Norton sustained a traumatic brain injury and was later discharged from the army as an E-4.
“Being from Hot Springs you don't realize what a small town has until you get together for something like this […] and they’re here to support you and drove an extra 45 miles just for a special occasion and then the support from my family and friends means a lot,” says Norton.
Senator Johnson's second stop of the day was in Rapid City where deceased Rapid City veteran Clayton Bauer was honored with several medals for his service in both the US Air force and US Army.
Senator Johnson says he is deeply privileged to be able to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and hopes after his retirement veterans issues still remain on Washington's agenda, “Hopefully someone will carry on behind me, I’m not gone until two years are up, but nonetheless I am hopeful that the veterans remain a high priority for America".