Grove City resident and Vietnam veteran William "Bill" Purdy laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Friday, Aug. 30.
Purdy was accompanied by close friend and fellow Vietnam veteran John Kruetzkamp of Kentucky. Both veterans trained together at Fort Carson, Colo., and served together with the 5th Battalion (Airmobile) 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division from 1965 to 1967.
Both are recipients of the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal and other medals and awards and are initial members of the 5th Battalion 7th Cavalry Association.
Purdy is a member of Iron Workers Local 468 and a retired representative of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron workers.
The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated to the memory of American soldiers, sailors and members of the armed forces who have died in service. This particular ceremony was in recognition of those who gave their lives in the Second Iraq War and was made possible by No Greater Love and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.