U.S. Congressman Ron Paul visits Victoria

  • Congressman Ron Paul presented medals, ribbons and certificates to veterans for their military service. The ceremony was at the Museum of the Coastal Bend on the Victoria College campus.

    Victoria County

    Abelardo Delgado, U.S. Navy

    Navy Good Conduct Medal

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  • Congressman Ron Paul presented medals, ribbons and certificates to veterans for their military service. The ceremony was at the Museum of the Coastal Bend on the Victoria College campus.

    Victoria County

    Abelardo Delgado, U.S. Navy

    Navy Good Conduct Medal

    National Defense Service Medal

    Benson Catchings, U.S. Coast Guard

    WWII Victory Medal

    American Campaign Medal

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, four Bronze Stars

    Combat Action Ribbon

    Honorable Service Lapel Pin

    Philippine Liberation Ribbon, two Bronze Stars

    Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

    Martin Garcia, U.S. Marine Corps

    Purple Heart

    National Defense Service Medal

    Vietnam Service Medal

    Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

    Combat Action Ribbon

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

    Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation,

    with Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm

    David Garza, U.S. Army

    Air Medal

    Army Commendation medal, with letter "V" device

    Good Conduct Medal

    National Defense Service Medal

    Vietnam Service Medal, with two Bronze Service Stars

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, with 1960 device

    Expert Badge, with Auto Rifle Bar and Rifle Bar

    Marksman Badge, with Machine Gun Bar

    Army Aviation - Aircraft Crewman Badge

    Frank Coopwood, U.S. Army (deceased)

    his daughter Bobbie Guinn accepted

    Silver Star Medal

    Bronze Star Medal

    Purple Heart

    Good Conduct Medal

    American Defense Service Medal

    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal,

    with one Bronze Star

    WWII Victory Medal

    Combat Infantryman Badge, 1st award

    Honorable Service Lapel Button, WWII

    Thomas Kanak, U.S. Navy

    National Defense Service Medal

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korea

    Vietnam Service Medal, with two Bronze Stars

    Korean Defense Service Medal

    Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon

    Combat Action Ribbon

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, with 1960 device

    Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation,

    with Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm

    Willie Williams, U.S. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

    National Defense Service Medal

    Vietnam Service Medal, with one Bronze Star

    Combat Action Ribbon,

    Expert Badge, with Rifle Bar

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, with 1960 device

    Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation,

    with Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm

    Gabriel Chapa, U.S. Marine Corps

    Purple Heart

    National Defense Service Medal

    Vietnam Service Medal

    Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

    Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon

    Combat Action Ribbon

    Expert Badge, with Rifle Bar

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, with 1960 device

    Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation,

    with Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm

    Robert Swanson, U.S. Navy

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

    Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

    Good Conduct Medal

    National Defense Service Medal

    Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon

    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

    David Williamson, U.S. Army

    Good Conduct Medal

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

    WWII Victory Medal

    Army of Occupation Medal, with Japan Clasp

    Honorable Service Lapel Button, WWII

    Marksman Badge, with Rifle Bar

    Jackson County

    Lester Cranek, Jr., U.S. Army Reserve

    Meritorious Service Medal

    Army Commendation Medal, with Large Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

    Army Achievement Medal, with Large Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

    National Defense Service Medal, with 2 Bronze Stars

    Armed Forces Reserve Medal, with "M" device

    Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal,

    with Triple Large Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

    NCO Professional Development Ribbon, with Numeral 4

    Army Service Ribbon

    Expert Badge, with Rifle Bar

    Sharpshooter Badge, with Auto Rifle Bar

    Army Lapel Button

    Global War on Terror Service

    Calhoun County:

    James Holesovsky, U.S. Army

    National Defense Service Medal

    Vietnam Service Medal, with two Bronze Stars

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, with 1960 device

    Expert Badge, with Rifle Bar

    Lorenzo Gonzales, U.S. Army

    Good Conduct Medal

    American Campaign Medal

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, with three Bronze Stars

    WWII Victory Medal

    Philippine Liberation Ribbon, with three Bronze Stars

    Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII

    Marksman Badge, with Carbine Bar

    Matagorda County:

    Harold Lukefahr, U.S. Navy Armed Guard

    Certificate for service during WWII with the US Armed Forces as a member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard.

    U.S. Navy Armed Guard units were established during WWII in an attempt to provide defensive firepower to merchant ships in convoy or merchant ships traveling alone. Armed Guard crews of over 144,900 men served on over 6,236 American and Allied ships in every theatre of the war.

    Aransas County:

    Domingo Pulido, U.S. Army

    His wife Irma accepted because he is overseas working.

    Good Conduct Medal, with three Bronze Clasp Loops

    Vietnam Service Medal

    Vietnam Campaign Medal

    National Defense Service Medal

    Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm

    Expert Badge, with M-16 Rifle Bar

    Expert Badge, with M-14 Rifle Bar

More than 20 hands shot high into the air Wednesday morning when U.S. Congressman Ron Paul began taking questions after his presentation.

He spoke to a crowd of 50 fourth- and fifth-graders at Dudley Magnet School about the Constitution.

For fifth-grader Seth Garrett, the opportunity to meet Paul was amazing.

"I thought it was really neat that he would take the time to visit us at our school," Seth said.

The congressman explained the role of government to the students.

"He talked about the government and how sometimes they disobey the Constitution," Seth said.

Fifth-grader Lauren McCaskill was especially interested in current events.

"Hearing about the stimulus packages and recession from Ron Paul himself was interesting. I also learned more about the Constitution," Lauren said.

Paul gave each student a pocket-size booklet of the Constitution.

"I am going to read all of it. I hope to one day be a part of the government and run for office in 2032," Lauren said.

The students also learned about Paul's life before he was a congressman.

"I was a doctor and delivered babies before I was a congressman," Paul said. "I wanted to talk about politics and what I believe."

He said he wanted to emphasize the importance of the Constitution and the importance of congress to uphold the it.

"I think there are some people out there that don't take it seriously," Paul said. "Some say I read way too much into the Constitution because I'll be the only one to vote against a bill."

Fifth-grader Kevin Clark enjoyed Paul's question-and-answer session.

"He cracked a few jokes and he wasn't completely serious," Kevin said.

Paul gave the school a U.S. flag that once flew at the Capitol. He gave Principal Diane Billo a signed certificate of the giving of the flag.

Dudley was the only elementary school he visited Wednesday. He spent 30 minutes discussing the Constitution and took questions from the students.

While in Victoria, Paul also honored 15 veterans at the Coastal Bend Museum at Victoria College and visited the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission's Rural Transportation Department. He recently helped the transit program gain funding for new buses.