SOLDIER HONORED: Senator Harkin Awards Medals

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After serving the country for decades, one longtime Iowa soldier is getting some much deserved recognition.

“It’s great to be recognized for the work that I’ve done in both Vietnam and Iraq,” said Lt. Colonel Kevin Randle.

Randle started his military career right after high school by first going to basic training in Louisiana where he then deployed to Vietnam in 1968.

Randle served as a helicopter pilot where he earned 41 Air Medals for his service.

Senator Tom Harkin presented Randle with three new medals in Cedar Rapids on Saturday afternoon.  Randle received the Bronze Star Medal, an Air Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service.

“For me, it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to do this. I just feel as a public servant myself, as a senator that I ought to be here, to let the recipients know how much we honor them,” Harkin said.

Randle served the country in the army, the air force and the Iowa Army National Guard.  He retired from the guard in 2009.