More and more you hear about Vietnam Veterans belatedly receiving awards for heroic acts they performed in the Vietnam War. Sometimes you wonder – what is the problem? The war took place almost fifty years ago. It doesn’t take that long to process award recommendations but alas in the harried pace that goes on in combat situations it is quite likely for administrative activities to take a back seat to fighting battles.
In this episode we are going to take a look at another example of a Vietnam Veteran who is finally being recognized for their heroic actions in that war. The veteran is Sylvester B. McIntosh of Gifford, Florida which is near Vero Beach. He is going to have a silver star pinned on his chest at a ceremony in Vero Beach on Saturday, January 30.
He was a squad leader in the US Marines with Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. On May 13, 1967 his unit was involved in a firefight. His brave actions saved many of his fellow Marines in that firefight where he was wounded.
A story in The TC Palm titled: Veteran to be awarded Silver Star by Janet Begley is featured in this episode and it tells the story of Sylvester B. McIntosh and how his award was delayed for so long.
The other aspect of this story is how he is such an outstanding representative of the Vietnam Veteran Generation. Not only did he service his country heroically in the Vietnam War but he has continued to serve his country as a pastor and as a member of the board of directors of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center.
If you are in the area you are encouraged to attend award ceremony.
ABOUT THE CEREMONY
What: Silver Star ceremony to honor Cpl. Sylvester B. McIntosh
When: 1 p.m. Jan. 30
Where: Veterans Memorial Island, Riverview Park, Vero Beach
Sponsored by: Veterans Council of Indian River County and the Vietnam Veterans of Indian River County
Information: Doy Demsick, Veterans Council at 772-410-5820