Thursday, May 12, 2005

Truman award goes to local veteran

Truman award goes to local veteran


Sgt. Charles Bartles is greeted by Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Commander Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace before the 53rd annual Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation luncheon Friday in Kansas City, Mo. Bartles, an Army Reserve Soldier who lost his right arm in Iraq, was awarded the 2005 Philip Pistilli Silver Veteran's Medal at the event. Lamp photo by Prudence Siebert.
by Jeff Crawley, Staff Writer
Army Reserve Sgt. Chuck Bartles has always been a fighter. When he was 15 and 16, he was a nationally ranked Junior Olympics boxer. As a senior in high school at Yankton, S.D., he was the state American Boxing Federation champion.

A year and a half ago, when an improvised explosive device shattered his arm in Iraq, Bartles fought back from the injury.

Bartles was awarded the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation's 2005 Philip Pistilli Silver Veteran's Medal Friday, in Kansas City, Mo. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was also recognized at the ceremony.

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Mentinoed:
Chuck Bartles

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