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January 10, 2003
WWII Vet to receive Distinguished Service Cross
 
Salem, Ore. - Maj. Gen. Alexander H. Burgin, the Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard and Congresswoman Darlene Hooley will present the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank R. Gehrman of Scotts Mills, Ore. in a ceremony to be held Monday, January 13, 2003, at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the newly opened Salem Armed Forces Reserve Center at 2335 State St. NE.
 
Gehrman was a medical corpsman with the Medical Detachment, 162, Infantry of the 41st Infantry Division. His citation reads “For extraordinary heroism in action on Biak Island on 5 June 1944. After a battalion had dug in for the night, the enemy launched an attack, subjecting our perimeter to intense knee mortar, machine gun and sniper fire causing many casualties. Staff Sergeant Gehrman left his foxhole and exposed to enemy fire began caring for the wounded. Although the area around the perimeter was infested with enemy patrols, he volunteered to accompany litter cases to a place of safety. On seven different occasions, without regard for his personal safety he removed wounded men from areas of heavy enemy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire. By his exceptional courage on this occasion, Staff Sergeant Gehrman contributed to saving many lives.
 
After several attempts to obtain this medal, Gehrman and his wife Bonnie contacted General Burgin. His office enlisted the assistance of Congresswoman Hooley who was able to obtain the Distinguished Service Cross.
 
For more information contact:

Kay Fristad
503-584-3917