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Congresswoman McCollum Hosts Military Service Medals Award Ceremony for Constituent Russell Omdahl

June 17, 2013
Press Release

Saint Paul, MN. — On Tuesday, June 11th, Congresswoman McCollum hosted Vietnam-era Army Veteran and Army Reservist Russell (Russ) Omdahl in her District Office for a military service medals presentation.  Army Reserve Ambassador James A. Lundell, who is also a retired Colonel, presided over the ceremony and presented Mr. Omdahl with the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Reserve Component Achievement Medal.   Congresswoman McCollum’s staff was instrumental in assisting Mr. Omdahl in obtaining his medals and full service records.   

Russ Omdahl, a native of Saint Paul, MN and graduate of Johnson High School, was drafted into the U.S. Army in October 1969.  Russ bravely served in the Second Infantry Division, Eighth Army in Korea during the Vietnam War, protecting the volatile Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North Korea and South Korea to this day. Upon his return, Mr. Omdahl served in the U.S. Army Reserve, a role that took him to multiple locations within our nation.  Russell completed his service and received an honorable discharge in March 1998. 

Military Service Medals presented during ceremony: 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal— Established by President Kennedy in 1961, the medal recognizes the services of the United States Armed Forces who participated in American military peacekeeping activities. 

National Defense Service Medal—Established by President Eisenhower, the medal is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who serve honorably during a designated time period for which a "national emergency" had been declared.

Reserve Components Achievement Medal—Awarded for sustained meritorious service in the United States Army Reserve.

Congresswoman McCollum serves on the Appropriations Committee