Iowa U.S. Senator Joni Ernst was in Storm Lake this (Mon) morning to present a set of medals to a Buena Vista County veteran who served in World War II.
Stanley Peterson, who is an Alta native, was given the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button. Several of Stanley’s family members were on hand, including his nephew Todd Peterson, who said the presentation is special to Stanley and the entire family…(audio clip below :14 )
The awards were made available through the Buena Vista County Veterans Affairs Office. Louie DeRoos, Director of the VA Office in BV County, said they found out this summer that Stanley had a milestone birthday approaching…(audio clip below :15 )
Senator Ernst, who previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve through the Iowa Army National Guard, shared stories about Stanley from the information she was given, including his most memorable moment during his service time…(audio clip below :24 )
Stanley joined the Army in 1942 as a Corporal, and served until 1946. He was trained as an aircraft engine and armament mechanic.
Senator Ernst had several northwest Iowa stops scheduled today (Mon) including a law enforcement round-table discussion in Primghar in O’Brien County…(audio clip below :20 )
After today (Mon), Ernst will have made stops in 98 of Iowa’s 99 counties this year.