Hammond's John Gamez was wounded twice and earned the Silver Star Medal for his courageous action in the Korean War.
Staff Sgt. Mindo D. Estrella, a native of East Chicago, is currently serving as the platoon commander for 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Ed Zurawski's mailman, a family friend, was reluctant to give him the envelope in 1952.
Service medals, including a Purple Heart, earned by Korean War veteran Charles "Mike" Mikovetz are shown at his home in Crown Point.
Charles "Mike" Mikovetz wears two pairs of socks to keep his feet warm. Even in the summer.
PORTAGE | When Rich Birs, 94, was wounded on April 15, 1945, in combat on Okinawa, shrapnel in his leg was so disastrous it ended his four years of service.
In November 1950, David Seils, a Marine Corps reservist rifleman, marched through frigid weather and fought at the Chosin Reservoir, the site of one of the Korean War's bloodiest battles.
INDIANAPOLIS | Happy fiscal new year, Hoosiers!
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House and Senate met intermittently for more than 10 hours Thursday, approving changes to legislation recommended by conference committees and sending those measures on to the governor for his signature or veto.
SCHERERVILLE | The section of U.S. 41 that passes through Schererville will be used to honor wounded veterans.
HIGHLAND | The Highland Town Council has accepted two signs that designate Indianapolis Boulevard as part of the Purple Heart Memorial Highway.
HOBART | A battery charge against a Hobart man accused of attacking a disabled veteran has been dismissed, police said.
HAMMOND | Two Purple Heart medals and four tours of duty later, a Highland man returned home to a hero's welcome Wednesday following his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sgt. Michael Haney's mother, Lori Haney, gets a hug Wednesday from an Indiana Patriot Guard Rider during a welcome-home celebration for her son at family's home in Highland.
Sgt. Michael Haney's family dog waits Wednesday at the window of his home in Highland.
Sgt. Michael Haney gets a hug Wednesday from sister Ashley Haney during a welcome-home celebration at Bone Dry Bar and Grill in Highland. Indiana Patriot Guard Riders treated Sgt. Haney to a beer after escorting him home.
VALPARAISO | Family, friends and some two dozen fellow guardsmen gave U.S. Army Spc. Doug Rachowicz a standing ovation Friday as he was awarded the Purple Heart medal.
CROWN POINT | Humorous one-liners, acts of wartime heroism and a bowtie worn while mowing the lawn were all eclectic remembrances shared Wednesday at the funeral of Crown Point's Charles Swisher.
PORTAGE | While nearly each community in Porter County has its own American Legion post or Veterans of Foreign War chapter, there is no organized group that recognizes another segment of veterans -- Purple Heart recipients.
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