The ceremony took place at the American Legion Post 34. Here the congressman presented the son of Sgt. Elmer Lindgren with the medal. Lindgren served in France during World War II, and is originally from Stanton, Iowa. He passed away at the age of 88 in 1999. His son Gary accepted the Bronze Star on his father's behalf.
"Every Memorial Day, past and future kind of reflects on what my dad did and the other individuals in his generation did at that time," Gary Lindgren said.
Loebsackâ??s office worked with the National Personnel Records Center to obtain the medal Lindgren earned for his service to our nation. His son Gary is also a veteran. He served on the 833rd Engineer Company in Ottumwa during the Gulf War and currently resides in Oskaloosa. Gary plans to next continue tracking down records in Washington D.C. to learn more about his father's history. He says some records have been difficult to obtain because the NPRC in St. Louis burnt down in 1973.