Medal Of Honor Recipient To Visit With Veterans
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A Medal of Honor recipient will appear in Lawrenceburg Friday.
Robert Martin Patterson received the military’s highest award for actions he took in the Vietnam War in 1968. He became a Command Sergeant Major, the Army’s highest enlisted rank, before retiring in 1991.
Patterson, of Pensacola, Florida is friends with Dale Punch, of North Carolina, and both are big NASCAR fans. Punch makes the challenge coins for the country’s Medal of Honor recipients and attends many NASCAR races in his customized “Freedom Cart” patriotic decorated golf cart.
The two are in the tri-state this week to see the races at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, but also to visit a local hero, says P.G. Gentrup, of Rising Sun. They want to see the recently-built home of Army veteran Brett Bondurant in Lawrenceburg.
Bondurant lost each of his legs near his knees in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2011. National non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops constructed and donated a custom built home to the disabled veteran earlier this year.
After viewing Bondurant’s home, Patterson and Punch meet with other local vets during lunch at Lawrenceburg American Legion Post #239. The public is welcome to come meet the war heroes. More details are available by calling the legion post at (812) 537-0349.
Patterson and Punch are being hosted by Greendale resident and Vietnam War veteran Ebbie Roberts, a retired Marine.