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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Presents Medal Certificates to Local Concord Veteran

May 12, 2015
Press Release

Concord, CA -- Congressman DeSaulnier presented former Staff Sergeant Raymond Henderson, a U.S. Army Veteran, with certification of having received both the Purple Heart medal and the Army Commendation Medal with a “V” device, and paid tribute to Henderson’s service to our country. Like many Vietnam veterans, Mr. Henderson did not receive certification of receiving this distinction at the time he received the medals. At a small ceremony hosted by the Concord Vet Center, Mr. Henderson accepted this recognition.

“It is an honor to be able to assist one of the many veterans in our community who have heroically served our country. Staff Sergeant Raymond deserves to be recognized for his courage and sacrifice, and it was a privilege to ensure that he received certification for these medals. I encourage other veterans in our area to reach out to my office if I can be of any assistance.” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

Staff Sergeant Henderson received the Purple Heart for his heroic actions on July 6, 1965 while serving as adviser to a friendly force in the Republic of Vietnam. During the course of the Viet Cong attack, Staff Sergeant Henderson’s unit was subjected to intense small arms and mortar fire at which time he was wounded. While assisting in repairing a malfunctioning machine gun, he attempted to reach his assigned position in the communications bunker until the Viet Cong attack was repelled. His heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and his military service. Mr. Henderson is a veteran of three wars; he was a Merchant Marine in WWII and is a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War.