Dr. Benishek Praises 2012 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year

Aug 16, 2012 Issues: Veterans

ESCANABA, MI:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement after attending the award ceremony for Corporal Richard M. Morrison, a Northern Michigan resident who was named the “2012 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year” by the U.P. Veterans’ Committee:  

“Today, I was deeply honored to take part in the award ceremony for Corporal Richard Morrison, who was recognized as the 2012 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year.  Corporal Morrison served in the Fighting 4th Division of the U.S. Marine Corps.  He bravely served our nation in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.

Corporal Morrison’s selfless efforts for this nation did not end after he left active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He has continued to serve our country as a mentor to our veterans.  He has dedicated his life to serving our veterans and their families in communities throughout Northern Michigan. 

Corporal Morrison’s defense of our freedoms serves as an inspiration for all of us who call Northern Michigan home.  He and his family should be deservedly proud of this award.  He has undoubtedly earned it.  On behalf of the citizens of Michigan’s First District, we thank Corporal Morrison for his service, sacrifice, and continued patriotism in service to our citizens.”

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