Parrish man receives Silver Star Medal in Tampa

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:47 am | Updated: 9:13 am, Sun Jun 30, 2013.

TAMPA - A Parrish man, who is a U.S. Army veteran, received a long-overdue Silver Star Medal for life-saving, heroic acts in Vietnam.

62-year-old Ralph Morgan, an Army Special Forces radio operator, saved his platoon when they came under heavy rocket and mortar fire in an isolated Vietnam outpost in enemy territory.

The medal pinning is the first of its kind to be held at the new USO Tampa Bay at Tampa International Airport.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is presiding over the ceremony. He recovered Morgan's award, which was originally approved in 1972, but was not processed until now.

The Silver Star Medal is the military's third highest decoration for valor, awarded specifically for gallantry in action against an enemy.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
81°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
81°
Details

Today

weather
82°
Details

Today

weather
85°
Details

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.