Iowa Congressman Steve King (R-5th District) was to attend a special event in Cherokee this weekend to participate in a presentation to give replacement medals to Veteran Danny Vawn of Cherokee.
The presentation was to be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Cherokee (113 E. Maple St.). But Congressman King's office called early Thursday and stated that King will be tied up in Washington and would not be able to attend but will try to reschedule sometime in February.
King was to present Vawn with replacement medals after he lost the medals three years ago,when his home outside of Correctionville was hit by a tornado.
Vawn was born in Osceola and raised in Des Moines, and moved to Cherokee after the tornado.
Vawn and his wife Deb have two children, Tessa and Evan. He currently works for Sunshine Services in Storm Lake and his wife works at Dr. Stephen Veit's office in Cherokee.
He served three years (1986-1989) in the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, N.J. and Bremerhaven, Germany. He drove truck and hauled cargo throughout Europe. Vawn was also involved in removing nuclear missiles from Holland and transporting them to Denmark.
Vawn saw first-hand the effects of WWII as late as 1989, with bullet holes still in buildings. During his service, Vawn had an opportunity to visit Adolph Hitler's bunker.
Vawn received the following medals during his time serving his country: Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar, Marksman Badge and Grenade Bar.