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OP 5845 organized an award ceremony for Marne Man Robert A. Dutil on 14 November in Williams, California, at the Sacramento Valley Museum which had previously served as the high school where Bob went to school before going to war. Bob served with the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Section of the 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment under LT Garlin Connor from October 1944 until the end of the war. He received the Bronze Star for merit as a recipient of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

The ceremony was organized by Monika and Tim Stoy, who flew in especially for this ceremony from Northern Virginia, with Tim having the distinct honor of presenting the medal to Bob in the name of the Secretary of the Army.

Bob never knew he was authorized the award until Monika and Tim informed his daughter, Lynn Reister, this past spring. She contacted the office of Congressman John Garamendi which processed the paperwork for the award. Chief Master Sergeant, USAF, retired John Evalle, District Director for the Congressman, attended on behalf of the Congressman, and read the award citation for the ceremony. He also presented a Congressional Proclamation honoring Bob from Congressman Garamendi.

Over 100 of Bob’s friends and neighbors attended the ceremony which included a power point presentation on the 3rd Infantry Division’s operations in WWII in which Bob participated, and a photo presentation of Bob’s trips to France, Germany, and Austria over the past seven years to participate in Outpost International’s commemorations of Operation Dragoon, the Battle of the Colmar Pocket, and the Division’s campaigns in Germany and Austria. Bob’s daughter-in-law, Paula, did a wonderful job of setting up the hall for the ceremony and preparing refreshments for the post-ceremony reception.

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