Local Vietnam vet finally receives medals of honor

Michael Whiteside receives military honors for service in Vietnam. (WDTN Photo)
Michael Whiteside receives military honors for service in Vietnam. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A local Vietnam veteran finally received military medals earned for his service in the conflict.

Michael Whiteside was awarded seven distinguished medals at a ceremony Tuesday at the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission.

“Ohio’s veterans made invaluable contributions to our fight for worldwide peace and democracy. Our state’s current and former service members have answered the call to action without delay throughout our nation’s history,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said. “As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is fighting for Ohio’s veterans by ensuring that they receive the benefits they so richly deserve.”

Whiteside was awarded the following medals:

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device (1960)
  • Sharpshooter Badge with Carbine Bar with Pistol Bar and Rifle Bar
  • Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar with Pistol Bar

Whiteside served with the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and the 1st Military Police (MP) Company during Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1967, but he never received the medals he earned for his service. He is a teacher from the West Carrollton School District.

Veterans and their families can request medals for military service by calling Senator Brown’s Cleveland office at 216-522-7272 or visit his web site.

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