Dalton Daily Citizen: Sister finds late brother was highly decorated GI
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Sister finds late brother was highly decorated GI
Dalton Daily Citizen
By Misty Watson
August 30, 2013
Dorothy Owensby was just trying to get a photograph of her brother.
She ended up with much more.
Sgt. Robert Schofield had enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War, but he was killed in action by a land mine on Aug. 16, 1970.
“I kept all the original letters (from when he was killed),” Owensby said. “I wanted to do something special in a photo album. I wanted a picture of him in uniform in the service.”
When she contacted U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ office about helping her retrieve a photo, she found out he had earned several medals: the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal with two bronze service stars, a conduct medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and a sharpshooter badge.
“I had no idea,” said Owensby. “It’s so special. We had a special bond.”
Graves, R-Ranger, presented her with the medals Thursday at his Dalton office and told her he was honored. His office staff had also been able to get a photo of Schofield in uniform, though it was smaller than Owensby had hoped for.
“As a member of Congress, I experience a lot of different things,” Graves said. “Nothing is more special than to present awards and ribbons. It’s a reminder to me of the sacrifice.”
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