Veterans to honor Seath

Reception being held to honor Cpl. Ned Seath, USMC

LAKE COUNTY - Vets don’t forget their brothers.

Time may pass and the years go by, but veterans don’t forget those who stood shoulder to shoulder with them in the worst of times.

The Duane E. Dewey Amvets Post No. 1988, 1959 W. 24th St., in Baldwin, will hold a reception at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 honoring Corporal Ned Seath, United State Marine Corps, of Chase, who recently received the Navy Cross for heroic actions in Vietnam.

Ned was never forgotten by the men who served with him and whose lives were saved by his quick action in Vietnam on July 16, 1966. They were adamant that he should receive the Navy Cross for these actions. When they discovered he had not been recognized for it, they brought it to the attention of the appropriate people in the Defense Department.

On Feb. 11, the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, presented Seath with the Navy Cross, the second highest military honor - second only to the Medal of Honor.

Seath also was presented with the Bronze Star with “V” for valor, an honor he had been awarded but with which had never been presented. The Bronze Star was for action in saving the life of another Marine the previous day, July 15, 1966, during the same campaign.

There will be a short program about 3 p.m. with a buffet meal to follow. From 6-8 p.m., Kelly Trudell, country singer and songwriter, will perform a concert as a tribute to Ned and all our veterans.

Trudell wrote the song “Cold Sweat,” and donates much of the profits from it to help meet the needs of veterans.

“I want to raise awareness of the Vietnam veterans’ diligence in serving the needs of our vets returning from Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Trudell. “The Vietnam vet has a tenacious spirit. They want to ensure that ‘never again’ will a soldier serving his country be treated with

disrespect.

“Vietnam veterans are there at every deployment, every homecoming, in VA hospitals and at funerals. I truly believe they are profound caregivers of today’s veterans.”