Upton Presents Combat Infantryman Badge to Niles Veteran
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) today presented U.S. Army veteran Steven Gordon of Niles with the Combat Infantryman Badge in honor of his service in the Vietnam War. Gordon served with the Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.
The CIB is awarded to infantrymen who fought in active ground combat and performed duties while under fire, according to the Department of Defense. The CIB was created in 1943 to recognize infantrymen’s sacrifices and the greater risk they face of being wounded or killed in action.
“It is truly one of my greatest honors to present veterans with the awards and medals they earned through their service to our nation’s Armed Forces,” Upton said. “Steven Gordon served our country with heroic distinction, and his courage fighting to advance freedom throughout the world will never be forgotten. He and his family are examples to us all of what it means to sacrifice to make our country and our world safer. We will forever be grateful for Steven’s service.”
“I am thankful that Rep. Upton and his staff helped me out so immensely in getting this award,” Gordon said.
Gordon’s company engaged in combat operations on a regular basis in Vietnam.
Gordon was joined by his wife, Barbara, and family friends, Tom and Claire Wiggins, to receive the award.
Upton’s office helped Gordon received the CIB by assisting in securing proper documentation to prove dates of his service and eyewitness statements.