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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Presents Purple Heart to Family of WWI Veteran

July 15, 2017
Press Release

DEARBORN, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today participated in presenting the family of the late Corporal Rupert Scheer with a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I. After being contacted by Corporal Scheer’s family, Dingell’s office worked to secure the Purple Heart and ensure Scheer’s contributions to our country were properly honored.

“It is an honor to present the family of Rupert Scheer with this deserving recognition of his service and sacrifice,” said Dingell. “It is because of individuals like Corporal Scheer, who serve this country with courage, valor and distinction, that we remain the land of the free and home of the brave. Today we honor and recognize Rupert Scheer’s heroic service and thank him and his family on behalf of a grateful state and a grateful nation.”

Corporal Scheer was severely wounded while serving in France on June 30, 1918 in the aftermath of the Battle of Belleau Wood. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy. Today, Dingell presented the award to Corporal Scheer’s niece and closest surviving relative, Jeanette Fogarty, age 90 of Allen Park.