Vietnam Veteran Ronald D. Creps of Martinsburg will be posthumously inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s In Memory program at a special ceremony in Washington, DC on October 16.
According to the program’s website.
It was Amy Kennedy, Creps’ younger sister, who asked for him to be honored.
“It is really awesome” she said. âI’m glad we’ve finally looked into the matter. “
In 1999, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund began to manage and host the program. Since then, more than 5,000 veterans have been honored.
From now on, Creps will join their ranks.
Born June 7, 1945 in Clappertown, Creps served in the army for a few years before being sent to Vietnam for 11 months in 1964. There he served as a demolition operator and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal. , the national defense service medal. , Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He also received a Certificate of Achievement, which is awarded in recognition of the faith and effectiveness of his duties in the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, according to his In Memory page.
After returning home, Creps married and settled in Everett, where he worked as an auto mechanic. He was a member of the North / South Skirmish Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Rifle Association.
“Ron never wanted to talk about the many bad things he witnessed”, Kennedy said.
While in Vietnam, Creps was exposed to Agent Orange, a powerful herbicide used by the military to clear the forest cover and crops of North Vietnamese and Vietnamese troops. He developed lung cancer as a result of the exposure and died on July 24, 2006, at the age of 61.
Other 2021 inductees from the region include Harold Deroy Barefoot of Alum Bank, who died in 2003; Terry Elmer Fix of Bedford, who passed away in 2018; Richard Edward Greaser of Bedford, who died in 2014; and James William Wood, III of Bedford, died in 2018.
The 2020 induction ceremony will also take place next month, after the initial date had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The region’s only 2020 recipient is Richard Benton of Bedford, who passed away in January 2020.
“So many of these men and women may not have had outer scars that you could see, but the inner scars they carried the rest of their lives are something the rest of us never can. really understand or understand “, Kennedy said. “They all deserve our respect and recognition for the sacrifices they have made for our country.”
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