Veterans, their families, friends, and members of the Dubois County Veterans Council came together for the DCVC observance of Veterans Day at American Legion Post 493 in St. Anthony Saturday afternoon.
To pay tribute to both veterans of the past, and of the present, Past President of the Dubois County Veterans Council, Allen Bromm, played taps, and other council members demonstrated a 21-gun salute.
Bromm explains why observing Veterans Day is so important.
Later in the ceremony, DCVC Vice-President, Chris Kneis, presented Kent Schreiner with this year’s Living Veterans Award.
Schreiner says receiving the award is humbling.
Schreiner is the son of the late Norbert M. And Cyrilla Senninger Schreiner.
After graduating from St. Ferdinand High School in 1966, Schreiner attended the Automation Training Institute of Indianapolis for one year before getting drafted.
After completing basic training in Fort Knox Kentucky, Schreiner was inducted into the US Army on April 3rd, 1968 and sent to Fort Houston for combat medic training.
In early September of 1968, Schreiner was deployed to Vietnam where he served for one year and was attached to the 25th Infantry Division in the III Corps Sector.
While waiting to be airlifted to base camp for Thanksgiving dinner on November 27th, 1968, he and his Company B were dispatched to help Company A, who were under attack.
36 men were injured and 18 soldiers lost their lives in this battle. For his actions this day, PFC Schreiner was awarded both a Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action.
You can read more about Schreiner and his accomplished in our previous story: Dubois County Veterans Council Set to Hold Veterans Day Observance in St. Anthony