Labrador to issue medals today to Idaho veterans
Congressman Raúl Labrador will issue medals to three veterans of the First Congressional District today at the Meridian City Hall.
He will honor Rudiger Lotz for his service in the Vietnam War, as well as Charles Wiley Monger and Wayne Joseph Bennett posthumously for their service in World War II.
Lotz served in the U.S. Army 15th Administration Company during the Vietnam War. He will receive the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.
Monger was a Carpenter’s Mate in the 146th Naval Construction Battalion. Congressman Labrador will present his medals to Monger’s family and friends. They include: World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin and discharge button.
Bennett served with the Company C of the 116th Engineers of the Idaho National Guard and, later, the U.S. Navy. He served on the U.S. Naval Operating Base in Midway Island and at Pearl Harbor. His medals are given posthumously to his wife, Gigi Bennett, and his family. He has earned the Navy Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Honorable Discharge Button and Honorable Service Lapel pin.
“Our office works year-round to issue medals earned by Idaho’s brave men and women who sacrificed for our great nation in times of war,” Congressman Labrador said. “These are veterans of distinction who have brought honor to their country and to Idaho, and I am humbled by the opportunity to present them and their families with these medals to commemorate their valiant service.”