Governor Rick Scott today awarded 108 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Medal for their service to Florida and the nation.
Governor Scott said, “It’s an honor to recognize these brave men and women for their service to our state and country. We must take every opportunity to express our gratitude and thank our service members for their courage and sacrifice.”
The Governor highlighted the following Florida veterans at today’s ceremony:
Tech 4 Thomas Nelson Fagon
Thomas Fagon joined the United States Army in 1942 and deployed to the Philippines in 1945. While serving in the 573rd Field Artillery Battalion, Tom monitored the repair of vehicles and battle equipment. His service has been recognized with the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
Shipfitter 1st Class William Logan
William Logan joined the United States Navy in 1942 and served during World War II. He participated in two North Africa invasions leading to the severing of German Officer Erwin Rommel’s supply lines, which is considered a turning point in the war. William traveled with his battalion to support invasions in Italy and Normandy. During his three years of active service, William was honored with five meritorious accommodations.
Staff Sergeant Leon Hesser
Leon Hesser began his service to the country in 1942 as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. During World War II, Leon supported efforts in the Philippines and the Pacific, and was discharged from Japan in 1946, shortly after the war ended. His honors include the Combat Infantry Badge and the Combat Medics Badge.