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Gov. Scott Honors 140 Veterans with Governor's Veterans Service Award

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Joined by Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Florida National Guard, Brigadier General Michael Calhoun, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, Colonel Mike Prendergast, Governor Rick Scott today awarded 140 Florida veterans with the Governor's Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, "Our veterans are heroes that have made countless sacrifices for Florida families. It's important that we don't just wait for the holidays to thank our men and women. We must frequently honor them for their courage and service to our nation. We will forever be indebted to our veterans, and this medal is a testament of our thanks."

The ceremony was held at the Alexander "Sandy" Nininger State Veterans' Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines, one of six veterans' nursing homes in the state. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veteran, Sergeant Sidney Goldenberg.

Sergeant Sandy Goldenberg

Sergeant Goldenberg enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corporation in 1943.Upon deployment, he was stationed in England where he achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant and was assigned as a Flight Maintenance Gunner. There, he flew and completed 24 bombing missions during the European offensive by the Allied forces. On his 25th mission, Sergeant Goldenberg was shot down, captured by Germans and held as a prisoner of war for 437 days. He eventually escaped, was rescued by the Russian Army and returned to the US armed forces where he remained until September of 1945.

During Goldenberg's time serving in the armed forces, he received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a Bronze Star, an Air medal with three oak leaf clusters and a Gold Conduct medal.

Florida Veterans Medal

The "Governor's Veterans Service Award" honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of U.S. Military with an inscription that reads "Honoring Those Who Served."

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VA Markers

If you have Relatives who served in the War Between the States, Confederate or Union, or any war where citizens of the United States fought and are buried in UNMARKED graves or markers are unreadable or broken and in need of repair, in Jackson County, we'd like to help.

We will obtain headstones from the Veterans Administration, if eligible, free of charge, and will install them, free of charge, in any cemetery in Jackson County. The VA will only grant markers when a blood relative is the applicant and the recipient veteran qualify's for the marker . We'll do all the paperwork; all we need you to do is sign the completed application. We will put your name, address, phone number on the application.

We will have the stone shipped to us, and will get the necessary signature from the cemetery association. We have done this dozens of times in past years. It will cost you nothing at all. If you are interested, please email Larry Clere at klrwud@directv. net or call 850-593-5715. This project is done as a service to the public by the Theophilus West, M.D. Camp 1346, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Marianna, Jackson County, Florida. Larry R. Clere, Adjutant Theophilus West, M.D. Camp 1346

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