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Veteran receives medals 48 years after service

Posted: 8:55 PM, Sep 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 08:31:17-04

It was a day nearly 50 years in the making for Ricardo Gonzalez. He was finally presented with the medals he earned during his military service during a ceremony today at Sherrill Veterans Memorial Park.

A clerical error kept those medals from being reflected in Gonzalez’s military records. Several years ago, the local District 27 Congressional office got involved to get the error fixed.

“The staffed stepped in the situation and got some answers and this is what the outcome was,” Gonzalez told KRIS 6 News. “It’s all about God, to thank God and give glory to God for this event to take place.”

Ricardo Gonzalez addresses the attendees at a ceremony in his honor at Sherrill Park.

Congressman Michael Cloud was joined by the Marine Major from the NAS Corpus Christi Marine Air Wing, along with other dignitaries, to present Gonzalez with his medals. He received the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal and a Rifle Sharp Shooter Badge.

“It was such an awesome opportunity to look him in the eye, on behalf of the people of our district who love our veterans, and to be able to thank him for his service,” Cloud said.

Ricardo Gonzales (2nd from L) is joined by Congressman Michael Cloud, Ram Chavez of the Veterans Band of Corpus Christi, and city council member Paulette Guajardo (L-R)

Gonzalez was happy to share the moment with family, friends and a grateful community. He said he also shares this recognition with every other brave man and woman who has served our country.

“I honor all the veterans and to keep the faith in case they encounter some roadblocks,” Gonzalez said. “Just keep the faith and give it to God.”

“I feel like a 18-year-old Marine again — a recruit serving our country.”