Friday, April 30, 2010

Local Vietnam veterans honored

Posted: 1:00 AM

Belated recognition
Local Vietnam veterans honored
By Jen Marckini
Staff Writer

HANOVER TWP. – Forty-seven local Vietnam War veterans were recognized Thursday for their service by state Rep. John T. Yudichak.

Veterans in the 119th Legislative District received a commemorative medal and special citation at the event, which was held in the auditorium at Hanover Area Senior High School. Twenty-two were in attendance.

Bernard Levandoski of Plymouth was 21 years old when he enlisted in 1968 and went to war. When he returned home in 1971 there were no honors, ceremonies or parades.

After all these years, the 63-year-old has not been recognized for his service until now.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Levandoski, who signed up for two tours of duty. “It was a different generation then. People just didn’t appreciate what we were doing for them.”

The feeling was the same for many veterans, including Joseph Kasper, a 59-year-old disabled vet who was wounded after a year in combat.

“I’ve never been honored before,” said Kasper, of Dallas.
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