From the office of Rep. Robert Dold (Ill., 10th District)…
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Robert J. Dold (IL-10) presented two 10th District veterans with medals they earned while serving their country and welcomed the Illinois Honor Flight to Washington.
“On almost a daily basis I think about the sacrifices our veterans have made and talk to them at Naval Station Great Lakes, the James A. Lovell Federal Health Center or here in Washington, DC,” said Dold. “It was an honor to welcome the Illinois Honor Flight to Washington and to join them at the World War II Memorial. I also had the privilege to present medals to George Ott and Thomas Vana earlier this month- these men have served their country and deserve to have all the medals they have earned.”
George Ott is from Arlington Heights and served as an Air Force Staff Sergeant in the 6th Aircraft Repair Unit, Floating during World War II. He served from 1944 to 1946, starting in the Marshall Islands, to the Philippines, and then to Japan. Mr. Ott was presented with the World War II Victory medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, and the Army Good Conduct medal.
Thomas Vana is from Des Plaines and served as a Sergeant in the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was an active duty medic from 1970 to 1974 and in the reserves from 1970 to 1974. Mr. Vana was presented with the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Korea Defense Service medal.