Soldier gets his medals 67 years later

While fellow members of VFW Post 1003 Color Guard hold the flags and Tom Ward, background facing this way, reads about the significance of each of the medals, Bob Jordan pins one of three bronze medals to Vernon Sievert’s shirt Wednesday during a brief ceremony in the dining hall in St. Joseph’s Bluffs.

While fellow members of VFW Post 1003 Color Guard hold the flags and Tom Ward, background facing this way, reads about the significance of each of the medals, Bob Jordan pins one of three bronze medals to Vernon Sievert’s shirt Wednesday during a brief ceremony in the dining hall in St. Joseph’s Bluffs. Photo by Julie Smith.

After World War II, Vernon Sievert went about his life like many other veterans. The Ashland native reintegrated into civilian life, earned a degree, took a job and started a family with his wife.

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He rarely talked about the war or his missions on a B-17 bomber, even with his own daughter.

Five years ago, Margery Detring, his only child, was going through some of his possessions to make sure she got his military medals and paperwork in order before he died. She came upon a small cedar box containing paperwork from the military showing that he had earned three medals.

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