CLEVELAND - For two northeast Ohio Navy veterans, Navy Week began a day early on Sunday at a special ceremony aboard the USS COD Submarine Memorial in downtown Cleveland.
World War II veteran James Tedrick, of North Canton, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Michael Dobec, of Wooster, received their combat medals from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Both men received a standing ovation from those in attendance after their medals were presented.
Motor Machinist's Mate First Class (MOMM1C) Tedrick received several medals when he was discharged. At Sen. Brown's request, the Navy reviewed his military personnel file and determined Tedrick was also eligible for five additional medals.
"We're so appreciative of the people that come up to us and thank us for our service. It means a lot to us," said Tedrick.
Hospital Corpsman Third Class (HM3) Dobec received seven medals and ribbons. He reflected on the high point of his military service, the camaraderie.
"I don't believe everybody has a chance to experience the unity that you feel with a group," said Dobec.
Navy Week in Cleveland runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 4.
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