(09/06/13) - Congressman Dave Camp took time, Friday, to honor a man for serving
Charles Zorn, a Vietnam veteran, received several medals earned during his hitch in the Army.
Camp says it's important to honor veterans who serve and sacrifice for their communities. That's why he thanked the Houghton Lake man, Friday morning.
The Purple Heart was one of several medals Charles Zorn received from Congressman Dave Camp.
"Well, let me tell you, it made me proud to serve my country," Zorn said.
Zorn lost his original medals in a flood in 1975 while he was going to college in Oklahoma. He didn't expect them to be replaced.
"We were living in a rented trailer and it was 5 feet off the ground and it was 5 feet inside the trailer and it took the trailer, just took the whole thing," he said.
There's one medal in particular he didn't think he would ever see again. That's the only medal that didn't get lost in the flood, but he's been waiting on it for a long time.
"Army Commendation, I never received it because it got lost in paperwork some place in our government. I've been waiting for that medal since 1967, that's when I was in a helicopter and we flew out, they had a call from South China Sea and there were two Navy Seals that had been wounded," he said.
Although it didn't look like the Seals would live to tell their story, both survived. Camp says you don't often see this many medals on one soldier's record.
"Charles Zorn is a war hero and I really wanted to acknowledge that service to the United States in a public way and he's a very decorative veteran, many acts of heroism in his service in Vietnam and I thought it was important that we publicly talk about it and thank him," Camp said.
Zorn's family and friends were also there to see him receive his medals.
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