Congressman Bost presents Bronze Star to local veteran

Pictured, from left, Jon Amesquita (Michael’s stepson), Bost, Mann, Alexandra Ruppel (Michael’s granddaughter), Patty Mann (Michael’s wife), and Beth Ruppel (Michael’s daughter).
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON –  U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, presented Corporal (Ret.) Michael Mann with the Bronze Star Medal on Thursday.

“As many who know him and served with him have said, nobody deserves this medal more than Corporal Mann,” said Rep. Bost. “He is one of the many brave men and women who have risked their lives on behalf of our great nation. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for his heroic service. I was honored to present this medal on behalf of a grateful nation. Southern Illinois is lucky to have Corporal Mann as part of our community, where he continued his service in law enforcement. We are proud and we thank him.”

Mann, a veteran of the U.S. Army, served in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971. The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially known as the Bronze Star, is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, and meritorious service in a combat zone. The Bronze Star with a “V” device is awarded for valor during combat actions against an enemy force.  It is the fourth highest award for military combat bravery.

Mann was also presented with the Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze service star, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.

Mann, an O’Fallon resident, served with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department from 1979 until 2005.