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Two Black Hills veterans honored

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Michael Norton, veteran of the war in Afghanistan from Hot Springs. Michael Norton, veteran of the war in Afghanistan from Hot Springs.
Thomas McDill, World War II veteran from Custer. Thomas McDill, World War II veteran from Custer.

Two veterans, who fought in two different wars, were honored with medals from Senator Tim Johnson Friday.

Thomas McDill, 91, from Custer is a World War II veteran, a former prisoner of war, and a Bataan Death March survivor.

Senator Johnson presented McDill with at least ten different awards; including the Purple Heart. The 91 year old was one of 75,000 soldiers who spent three years as prisoners of war in Japan and chose to join the Air Force once he was liberated.

Senator Johnson also presented Michael Norton, 27, of Hot Springs with the Purple Heart.

Norton served in Afghanistan and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury when his base came under attack. Norton says he is humbled by the community's support for all veterans.

"You see a lot of faces that are from your home town and you haven't seen them really often and they are here to support you some even drove an extra 45 miles just for a special occasion and then the support from my family and friends it means a lot," said Norton.

This visit to Custer comes just days after Senator Johnson announced his retirement.

At Friday's ceremony he received a standing ovation when a veteran thanked him for his service to all KOTA Territory veterans.

 

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