Kowall, Colbeck present lapel pin to Vietnam veteran Robert Harris

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, on Thursday presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin at the Michigan Capitol to U.S. Navy veteran Robert Harris, a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

As a mechanic during the Vietnam War, Harris worked 12-hour shifts maintaining aircraft. He received a citation from the commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet because his squadron flew 2,280 combat missions during the cruise while maintaining 85 percent aircraft availability.

“Robert Harris served his nation in a faraway land with honor and distinction,” Kowall said. “Today we were able to recognize Bob’s service with this lapel pin and let him know we appreciate all he has done for his country.”

The symbolism attached to the Vietnam veteran lapel pins is significant. The pins honor all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.

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