Senator Marshall Helps Secure Service Medals for Military Family

Wichita, KS – After years of unsuccessful attempts to locate her father’s lost Purple Heart and Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medals, Ms. Lauren Dillon received new service medals to honor her late father, Lance Cpl. Ronnie Wilson. 

Dillon reached out to the office of U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. to request assistance in working with the National Personnel Records Center on the request. Staff was recently able to present Dillon with the new medals.

“Helping our military members, veterans, and their families will always be a priority for our team,” said Senator Marshall. “As a veteran myself, I’m proud Ms. Dillon will be able to honor her father’s legacy as a decorated war veteran with these medals. Our office is here to help all Kansans, including but not limited to working with federal agencies like the VA in this case.” 

Upon receiving the new medals, Ms. Dillon shared her father’s stories with Senator Marshall’s team. She also brought a remarkable article published in The Wichita Beacon on October 25, 1965, that includes a photo of former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy presenting the Purple Heart Service Medal to Lance Cpl. Wilson.

This year alone, Senator Marshall’s office has assisted more than 125 Kansas veterans. Along with securing replacement service medals, Senator Marshall’s casework team also stands ready to help Kansas veterans with issues related to their VA health care benefits. For casework assistance, please call Senator Marshall’s Salina office at (785) 829-9000.

Lauren Dillion with a photo of her father, Lance Cpl. Ronnie Wilson, and the replacement medals Senator Marshall’s office secured from the VA
Lance Cpl. Ronnie Wilson
Wichita Beacon article featuring former Sen. Kennedy presenting Lance Cpl. Wilson his Purple Heart Service Medal