George H. (Swig) Van Veghel

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  • Staff Sergeant
  • Served: July 25, 1942 – October 20, 1945
  • World War II – D Day + 2, France 9/13/1944 & Germany 2/25/1945
  • Medical Specialty: 500     673
  • Awarded: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star, Medical Badge, 3 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, European -African – Middle East Campaign Medal

Born 2/2/1921. Deceased 4/25/2007. Interred Mount Olivet.

Brother of Donald, Jerome, John J. and William Van Veghel.  Uncle to John S and Robert Van Veghel.

Silver Star
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant (then Technician Fourth Grade] George H. Van Veghel (ASN: 36252915), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 13 and 14 September 1944 in France. On 13 September 1944, near Loisy, France, Staff Sergeant Van Veghel, an Aid Man with a rifle company, evacuated five seriously wounded men by carrying them on his back over a mile of rough ground and constantly under fire. On the following day, when he and a litter bearer were threatened by an armed enemy soldier, Staff Sergeant Van Veghel fearlessly attacked and subdued him. Later in crossing a river the litter bearer was about to drown when Staff Sergeant Veghel promptly risked his life to save him. His fearlessness and unselfish devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.