Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb was surprised last week when he opened a package containing a Bronze Star Medal.
“It was very emotional because it brought back memories,” said Webb. “That was a big part of my life at that time. It was special to get that.”
As an Army tank supervisor, Webb was issued the fourth-highest individual military award for heroism in a combat zone while serving in Vietnam. In 1969, Webb received a package that contained the citation for the medal, but not the medal itself.
“The envelope was real big and torn and the Bronze Star was missing,” said Webb. “It had the combat medals and everything listed on the DD214,” the certificate of release or discharge from the Army.
Last summer, Webb contacted the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but didn’t expect that he would ever receive the actual medal in addition to the original certificate.
He also received the National Defense Service Medal, Distinguished Rifleman Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
“It’s good to have [them] for grandkids and to pass on,” he said.
Like many young Letcher County men of his era, Webb was drafted to serve in the Army in Vietnam during the war that escalated in the mid-Sixties and ended 1975. A total of 58,220 U.S. military personnel were killed in the war. At least 15 Letcher County men were killed while fighting in Vietnam.