Recipient of Silver Star inducted into Madison VA Hall of Heroes - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Recipient of Silver Star inducted into Madison VA Hall of Heroes

April 10, 2018

MADISON, Wis.  — The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison will induct Vietnam Veteran Ralph Warner of Verona, Wisconsin into their “Hall of Heroes” at a ceremony Thursday, April 12th at 11:30 a.m. in the hospital auditorium.


“Our “Hall of Heroes” allows us to pay tribute to the American heroes that use our hospital for their care,” said Rohrer. “It serves as a reminder of the bravery of our Veteran patients and is a testament to the sacrifices they have made for their country.”


Warner will attend the ceremony to accept the honor. He will be donating his Silver Star and Purple Heart to the hospital to be included in the display.


Silver seals of the five branches of military service and the wording “Hall of Heroes” are permanently displayed on the main corridor wall near the main Entrance Lobby of the hospital.


The Veterans selected to be honored have their photograph and information about their personal award and citation for heroism or valor displayed. A total of nine veterans have been honored in previous years.


The criteria for induction is as follows: Veterans should have been decorated with a personal award and citation for heroism or valor. Awards are reviewed and authenticated with a release form signed by the veteran to authorize the required verification. Awards will be ranked following military ranking, i.e. Congressional Medal of Honor being the highest possible decoration. Multiple awards for bravery, receipt of a Purple Heart, and prisoner of war status will also be considered.


Submissions of potential honorees are welcome from individual veterans, county veterans service officers, service organizations and others. As an on-going project, submissions can be sent at any time. Submissions for the consideration of the Hall of Heroes Committee should be sent to Joseph Naylor, Veteran Health Education and Outreach Coordinator. Each submission should include copies, not originals, of awards and citations, a completed authorization for verification form, and a completed submission coversheet. Naylor can be contacted at (608) 256-1901 to receive a submission packet.


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