Reed City veteran to receive service medals at ceremony on Friday

REED CITY — Local resident Russ Nehmer will receive his Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal during the annual G.T. Norman Elementary Veteran’s Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 11.

Nehmer, who retired in May 2015 from the U.S. Army, was supposed to receive those medals upon his retirement, but they were somehow lost in the paperwork, according to a release from the City of Reed City. Nehmer served in the Army Special Operations Task Force-10 as a sergeant first class as a senior intelligence/special security officer.

During his service, Nehmer’s unit found themselves being sent to the province of Wardak, one of the most dangerous in Afghanistan where he suffered serious wounds from a rocket attack in October 2010.

He has returned to his hometown Reed City and volunteers for different veterans’ groups and serves on the Reed City Planning Commission.

“It is always gratifying to see a soldier receive the honor and recognition they deserve after putting their life on the line for his unit and our country,” said City Manager Ron Howell, who also is a Vietnam veteran.

The G.T. Norman Veteran’s Day Celebration is a well-attended annual event that brings veterans, students and families together to recognize all veterans and instill in the elementary students the importance of their service to our country.