James A Jones Jr.
August 25, 2016
William Thompson, 91, and Ned Teves, 82, came through the award line together. Thompson served in the South Pacific during World War II, while Teves served as an Army doctor in a military hospital in Japan during the Vietnam War.BRADENTON
Teves said he had been a recent immigrant from the Philippines and not yet a citizen when he was drafted into the Army.
He called his draft notice a “love letter” from the U.S. government.
Teves, like other vets from the Vietnam War era, welcomed the appreciation expressed for their service in recent years.
Rick Scott had already presented Governor’s Veterans Service Awards to more than 300 veterans on Thursday when he spotted Jackson Carson, 86, sitting at the back of the room.
The Bradenton National Guard Armory had just about emptied out, and Carson seemed unable to come forward to be recognized.
The governor walked back to Carson with Major Gen. Michael Calhoun, Florida’s adjutant general, at his side. Scott placed the award around Carson’s neck, thanked him for his service and asked him when he served.
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