ENON — John Massie, of Enon, is a proud Marine who served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He was recently recognized for his military service and contributions to our freedoms by Hospice Veterans Partnership and American Pride.
Presenting the two award pins to him was Jay McConnell of the Springfield Community Mercy Hospice and American Pride. The pinning ceremony was held at Massie’s home where he was surrounded by his family and close friends.
He was stationed at Chu Lai Marine Air Base, which was and active and important Marine base located roughly 56-miles southeast of DaNang. Massie and a chopper crew also earned recognition awarded with the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for volunteering to undertake a mission to help soldiers who were pinned down by the enemy.
“I’m honored to present you this from the Springfield Community Mercy Hospice and American Pride for your service in the United States Marine Corps,” he said. “Through your service you promoted liberty and freedom, not only for our country but for the world — I salute you.”
Massie’s wife, Claudia, then pinned the two awards onto his shirt.
“I think you for this,” Massie said. “I thank all the people who are so special to me for being here by my side today. I love you all. A Marine never gives up.”