Rapid City

Thune Presents World War 2 Veteran With Long Overdue Service Medals


By Herb Ryan

Rapid City, SD – July 29, 2016 – Today was a grand day for Word War 2 Army veteran Ralph Schat. Serving post-war in the American occupation in Germany, Schat considered himself fortunate. His infantry unit, about to shipped to the european theatre for combat operations was instead assigned to the US Constabulary Service. The mission was to patrol main roads in occupied Germany for groups that had not yet agreed to the armistice and might disrupt traffic and the peace on major highways.

After many years of trying to get the medals he earned during his service to the nation, including the Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and Germany Clasp, the Honorable Service Lapel Button, and the Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar, the Schat’s turned to Senator Thunes office for help as do many other veterans trying to resolve veterans service issues.

Ralph Schat is a long time member of Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and is a member of the VFW Post 1273 Honor Guard. His wife Joyce has 64 years service in The VFW Auxiliary and was State Past President 1969 – 1970.



U.S. Senator John Thune pins a World War 2 Victory Medal on Army veteran Pfc Ralph Schat at Thunes Rapid City office Friday July 29, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.



U.S. Senator John Thune, Joyce Schat and her husband WW2 veteran Army Pfc Ralph Schat pose for a photo after the presentation of the World War 2 Victory medal at Thunes Rapid City office Friday July 29, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

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