Ceremony to honor Vietnam veteran for service

Kent Schreiner

From Local Sources

The Dubois County Veterans Council has a full day of activities planned for Saturday, Nov. 9, two days before Veterans Day. All of Dubois County’s veteran organizations will be represented and recognized.

The day will begin with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church in Jasper. All veterans groups will join in the procession of posting their colors in the front of church.

American Legion Post 493 of 2543 Cross Street in St. Anthony is the host of this year’s Dubois County Veterans Council’s observance of Veterans Day. Post Commander and Master Of Ceremonies Martin “Bud” Rasche said doors will open at 1 p.m. for the program that begins at 2 p.m. Chaplain Darlene Merkley will open with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited.

All veteran organizations will be recognized, and Steve Bartels of American Legion post 147 will present Remembering our MIA’s.

Dubois County Veterans Council Vice President Chris Knies will present the Living Veterans Award to this year’s recipient, Kent Schreiner.

Kent, the son of the late Norbert M. and Cyrilla (Senninger) Schreiner is a 1966 graduate of St. Ferdinand High School and attended Automation Training Institute of Indianapolis for one year before being drafted. On April 3, 1968, Kent was inducted into the United States Army, taking his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was then sent to Fort Sam Houston to be trained as a combat medic.

In early September of 1968, his orders took him to Vietnam, where he served for one year. While in Tay Ninh, Vietnam, Kent was attached to the 25th Infantry Division in the III Corps Sector. On Nov. 27, 1968, he and his Company B where waiting to be airlifted to base camp for Thanksgiving dinner when they were dispatched to assist Company A, which was under attack. Thirty-six men were injured and 18 died during this battle.

For his actions this day, Kent was awarded both a Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action.

In September 1969, Kent was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he was honorably discharged on April 2, 1970. In addition to the Silver Star and Purple Heart, other commendations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Medic Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.

Kent married Darlene Schnell on Nov. 28, 1996. His children are son, Heath; and daughters, Jill (Adam) Deel and Brittany Schreiner. His step sons are Joseph (Kayla) Keller and Luke (Lauren) Keller. Siblings include a brother, Norbert Schreiner, and sister, Mary Ruhe Nord, and a deceased sister, Glenda Nelson.

Kent is a life member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, which was founded by his father, and three of his father’s fellow WWII Veterans. Following in his father’s footsteps (his father served as commander of post 124 in its first two years of existence), Kent is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as commander and is also a member of the Honor Guard. Kent is also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673, where he also serves as a member of the Honor Guard and a life member of DAV Chapter 77.

At the Nov. 9 event, Rasche will instruct the Sergeant at Arms of Post 493 to call the Color Guard to attention and offer a 21-gun salute to honor all veterans living and deceased. Taps will be played to honor all deceased veterans.

Merkley will give a closing prayer. Lunch and refreshments will be served for all those in attendance.

For more information contact Rasche at 812-827-0233 or Allen Bromm at 812-630-5943.

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