CLEVELAND CO., NC (WJZY) - A local Vietnam Veteran was reunited with his medals and ribbons for his time of service in the US Marine Corps after they went missing for several years.
Terry Wayne McKenzie is under the care of Hospice Cleveland County and asked a social worker, Emily Crocker-Underwood, to help him find his lost possessions.
Emily worked diligently and enlisted the help of Congressman Patrick McHenry's office. Her persistence paid off - and on Thursday, May 26 Corporal McKenzie was presented with his lost medals at a special pinning ceremony to show gratitude for his service.
McKenzie's medals had been missing for years due to some unfortunate circumstances.
During McKenzie’s time in serve, he served in Vietnam and was awarded the Combat Action ribbon (Vietnam), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze campaign stars, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color w/ palm and frame), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Action Color w/ palm and frame), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Rifle Marksman Badge.
McKenzie said he was grateful for his recognition but accepted his honors on behalf of all fellow Veterans. He acknowledged that many Veterans live today without the recognition and benefits they earned.
He also credited Hospice Cleveland County for their attentive care and support.