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September 22, 2012

Step Back in Time: Sept. 22, 2012

Step Back in Time

features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Sept. 22, 1987

GILBERTSVILLE — Seventeen years after he returned from Vietnam, Brett A. Gilbert of Gilbertsville received five medals for his service there.

Gilbert, 39, of 15 Bloom St., was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star with a “V” to signify valor, and an Air Medal for operations involving flight over enemy territory. He also received the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

“These are medals they don’t give away casually,” said Terry Bresina, state veterans’ counselor in Norwich, who issued them to Gilbert.

Though the awards were authorized in 1969 and 1970, they were never issued.

Gilbert, a Sidney native, received a first Bronze Star in June 1970 when he completed a two-year tour of duty in the Army, for “heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in Nov. 25, 1969,” according to the citation that accompanies the medal.

Gilbert served with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry.

“During initial contact, several men were wounded and pinned down,” Gilbert’s citation said. “With complete disregard for his own safety, PFC Gilbert moved through the bullet swept area and helped evacuate the wounded men. His valorous actions contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission.”

According to Bresina, “It’s not unusual” for veterans not to receive their awards. It happened in World War II and much as in the Vietnam War, as veterans were separated from their records when they were discharged.

50 years ago

Sept. 22, 1962

ANDES (Special) — Ahmad Zia Takhari, 34, of Afghanistan, is spending a month in the village of Andes, where he is studying and participating in the educational system at the Andes Central School, under the direction of, and in cooperation with, Lloyd Johns, supervising principal.

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