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Tallmadge Vietnam veteran honored at Canal Park June 14

Published: June 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Tallmadge veteran honored at Canal Park

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) awarded 20 Northeast Ohio veterans and the local families of deceased veterans with more than 140 military honors they earned in the service of their country. Brown and his staff worked with the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and the U.S. Armed Forces to track down missing, lost, or overdue medals.

One of those individuals was Tallmadge resident Charles Glisson.

A member of the U.S. Army Infantry from 1969-1971, Sgt. Glisson served in the Vietnam War.

Distinctions received by Glisson include the Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with 1960 device and Expert Badge with Rifle Bar.

"These veterans fought selflessly to procure peace for our nation and liberty for our citizens," Brown said. "An important way to express our gratitude is to ensure they receive each of the medals they earned. Their service and sacrifice allows us to enjoy the freedoms we have today."

The medal ceremony on the field of Canal Park immediately preceded the start of the Akron RubberDucks game. Joining Brown to honor the local veterans was Tom Burke, the National Chair of Public Affairs for Vietnam Veterans of America; Mike Stith, a Summit County Veterans Service Commissioner; and Cari Delgado, a Trumbull County Veterans Service Commissioner.

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