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  1. David Russo
    May 25, 2020 @ 8:23 AM

    great article about Rick. I am sorry I did not read this article earlier. So proud of Rick and thankful to all the men and women who serve to make us safe and the country we are today.
    Stay safe,
    Dave Russo


    • davidegrogan
      May 25, 2020 @ 10:00 PM

      Thanks Dave – it’s pretty amazing when people like Rick come from your home town. I didn’t know Rick until Ann Reichle introduced me to him. I am totally awed by his service in Vietnam and so glad he was recognized with the Silver Star.


  2. Terry Kane
    August 24, 2021 @ 10:57 AM

    Dave, Thank you so much for writing this article about Rick! He and my oldest brother Chris were/are great friends. I have known Rick my whole life. America will never be able to repay the debt our service members are owed. When I left the corporate world, he was my Broker with Realty One… never a day went by that he did not offer something positive, insightful or humorous. God Bless our country, you and your family…


    • davidegrogan
      August 24, 2021 @ 8:18 PM

      Terry – thanks for taking the time to read Rick’s story and to leave a comment. It’s hard to believe someone like Rick grew up just a few streets away. I’m looking forward to meeting him in person for the first time in October. I hope you are doing well. V/r, Dave Grogan


  3. Jennifer Miller
    November 11, 2021 @ 4:30 PM

    I was able to meet Rick this past summer when he spoke in olmsted falls. He is an excellent speaker and his story is one I will never forget. Thank you Rick for your heroism, patriotism and bravery fighting in Viet Nam. Glad you were finally recognized with the Silver Star!


    • davidegrogan
      November 13, 2021 @ 10:45 AM

      Jennifer – Thank you for taking the time to read Rick’s story!


  4. Sharon D. Humphrey
    April 23, 2022 @ 3:59 PM

    Dear Rick,
    Thankyou! Thank you! for sharing this pod cast and video regarding the Silver Star Award that your friend, Gary Burka and you were finally given on September 30, 2016 for “gallantry in action” and “personal heroism.” I am so glad to know more about you and the heroism and courage you demonstrated during your service to our country. I have known you and Sharon as my caring wonderful neighbors, who I consider friends. You always say to me, “just let me know if you need anything”. If I do, you are always there to help. Mark and I knew you had been given the Silver Star Award but never knew your “story” behind the award. Your passion to help others and love of country continues today as you speak to youth and conduct fund raising to recognize others . Thank you for all that you have done and the role model you are for others.


    • davidegrogan
      April 23, 2022 @ 5:06 PM

      Sharon – thanks for listening to Rick’s story!


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