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Army vet receives medal upgrade

Under Secretary of the Army presents award

From right: Representative Derek Kilmer, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dvorak and Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy. Photo credit: David Maestas

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Edward Dvorak, was presented with the Silver Star Medal Wednesday at the VFW in Tacoma.  Mr. Dvorak, a Tacoma resident, was previously given a Bronze Star with a "V" (valor) Device by former members of his Heavy Team involving a firefight with a re-inforced NVA Platoon in War Zone D near the Cambodian border on Nov. 30, 1968.

The results of the firefight were that seven of the 12-man ambush team were wounded, including Dvorak. However, the NVA paid dearly and they were not able to over-run his position. The Army Decorations Board recently upgraded the award to a Silver Star.  The Under Secretary of the Army, Patrick Murphy, eloquently gave the presentation. Crucial to the investigation process to upgrade the award is Congressman Kilmer from the 6th District.

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