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Dalton Daily Citizen: Sister finds late brother was highly decorated GI

Dalton, August 30, 2013 -

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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