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FORT BENNING GA NEWSLINE  (3)

Five Awards
To Be Given
At Post Today

   Two Bronze Star Medals and thee Commendation Ribbons will be awarded to men of Fort Benning’s 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team at ceremonies on Tiger Field today.
   Lt. Col. Willis F. Lowery of Helena, Ark., will receive the Bronze Star with V device for valor; Capt. Fred H. Slawson will receive the Bronze Star; Capt. Joseph Grezaffi, Cpl. Wayne C. Swanson and Pfc. James D. Smith, Commendation Ribbons with Metal Pendants.
   Col. Lowery, who commands the 508th's Second Battalion, has been cited for heroic action June 1, 1952, near Kumhwa, Korea, as commander of the 31st Infantry Regiment.
   Capt. Slawson's decoration is in recognition of his "meritorious service" to the United Nations in Korea from Oct. 14, 1951 to Aug. 30, 1952.
   The Commendation Ribbon has been awarded Capt. Grezaffi for his "meritorious service" to the Eighth Army in Korea from Oct. 26, 1951 to July 5, 1952.
   Cpl Swanson and Pfc. Smith won the ribbon for helping to "rescue two seriously injured and unconscious soldiers from an overturned and burning automobile." They also assisted in the removal of a third soldier from the vicinity of the blaze where he had been thrown as a result of the accident.
   Col. George O. Pearson, 508th commander, will make the presentations, and troops of the combat team will pass in review.

[Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, GA, Fri, Oct 31, 1952, Page: 18]

 

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