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November 12, 2013

Legion honors 4 with awards

DANVILLE — The Curtis G. Redden American Legion Post 210 honored four people Monday who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Commander Tom Morse presented certificates to: Bud Hinrichs, Commander’s Award; Ralph Reed, Lifetime Achievement Award; Carl Carpenter, Legionnaire of the Year Award; and Terry Moreman, certificate of appreciation.

The awards were presented during the Legion’s free chili meal, which followed the Veterans Day activities at the World War II memorial.

The Commander’s Award is given to a person, group or establishment for services to the post. In presenting the award to Hinrichs, Morse praised him for always being available to help.

“He’s always here. He does everything and knows everything about the post,” Morse said.

Hinrichs was a seaman in the Navy, serving from 1966 to 1970.

Reed, who served in the Navy from 1954-62, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award, which goes to an outstanding person who has gone beyond the norm in terms of service on the local, state and national level.

Morse praised Reed for his role as head of the honor guard, which has presided at 113 funerals this year. “He does a great job acquiring the people needed,” Morse said.

Carpenter, who served in the Air Force from 1979-85, won the Legionnaire Award, which is given to a person for outstanding performance within the post and the community. He reached the rank of staff sergeant.

Morse said, “He stepped forward when I needed him the most.”

A special award was given to Moreman, whom Morse described as “Mr. Fix-It.” Moreman, a member of the Sons of the American Legion, was honored for outstanding service and assistance which contributed to the advancement of the Legion programs and activities.

Veterans from the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System were brought in to enjoy the chili dinner Monday. Also, students from Danville High School’s Junior ROTC program helped out.

In his remarks, Morse urged people to honor veterans every day, not just once a year.

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