Over There: Dad’s medal completes collection
By Jean Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org February 20, 2013 2:32PM
Richard F. Streitz
Updated: March 22, 2013 6:07AM
Dr. Tom Streitz, a retired dentist from Joliet, finally received his late father’s Silver Star. When Streitz’s dad died, he could not find this medal, so he decided to order it to place in his dad’s ribbon collection. It took him nearly six months to receive this medal.
Richard E. Streitz served in the U.S. Army during World War I with Headquarters Battalion, 16th Infantry. He received the Silver Star for distinguished and exceptional gallantry during the Argonne offensive in 1918. During combat, he received shrapnel in his back.
Tom Streitz served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1956 to 1958. He owns a family dentistry from which he recently retired after serving 58 years. His brother, Richard F. Streitz, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
“I believe that my mom buried this medal with him when he died. My kids gave me a case for our wedding anniversary of my dad’s medals, now my military memorabilia of my dad’s medals and awards is complete now that I have his Silver Star medal,” Streitz said.
Today, Dan and grandson Dan Streitz Jr. operate the family dentistry. Tom Streitz also has a grandson, David Streitz, studying to becoming a dentist.
Home from deployment
Army Staff Sgt. Albert Barnes, son of Albert Barnes Sr. of Romeoville, returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom — the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Barnes is a supply sergeant assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. He has served in the military for eight years.
Army Spec. Johnathon J. Harbin, son of Rutha Harbin of Bolingbrook, returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Harbin is a combat medic assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. He has served in the military for three years.
VFW starting men’s auxiliary
The Cantigny VFW Post 367 will launch a men’s auxiliary to promote patriotism and honor military servicemen and women. The new arm of the post will fill a similar role to that of the women’s auxiliary — aiding and assisting the VFW in establishing a volunteer network that directly supports veterans and their families.
The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Post, 826 Horseshoe Drive, Joliet.
All men older than 16 who are related to a veteran of a foreign war are invited to attend. Applications for the auxiliary are available at the Cantigny Post.
Membership dues are $15 annually. For information, contact Jim McFarland at 815-722-1289.
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