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Thune Presents Replacement Medals to Charlie Reynar

Reynar’s Late Father’s Medals Were Lost in Alabaugh Canyon Fire

September 14, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  In a ceremony at his office in Rapid City, Senator John Thune today presented Charlie Reynar of Hot Springs with service medals earned by his late father, Charleton Reynar. The medals replace those which were lost when the younger Reynar's home was destroyed by the Alabaugh Canyon fire in July.

"Charleton Reynar served his country with great distinction," said Thune. "The medals presented today are in recognition of his valor and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation.

"The Alabaugh Canyon fire destroyed homes, property, and lives. While the damage done to Charlie Reynar's home is devastating, I hope that the restoration of his father's medals is of some comfort to him and his family."

Charleton Reynar served in the Army's 101st Airborne Division in the Philippines during World War II. During his service he earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, the World War II Victory medal, the Army of Occupation (Japan) medal, paratrooper wings, and other distinctions.