Ormiston named Sagamore of the Wabash

Sagamores of the Wabash David Goodwin, left, and Tony Culver, right, both of Angola, presented a Sagamore of the Wabash to John Ormiston, Lake James, on Thursday afternoon. Ormiston is a retired business owner from Bluffton, who built a home on Lake James in 2003, and is a highly decorated veteran. Since he moved to Steuben County, he has become involved with the Angola American Legion and remains active with the Bluffton Elks. Ormiston served in Vietnam, enlisting in the U.S. Army right out of high school. He was assigned to the 4th Armored Cavalry, operating a tank in support of ground troops. He fought in the Tet Offensive, where he was wounded. During his time in the service, he was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Valorous Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Good Conduct Medal along with five other medals and citations. Goodwin and Culver presented the award on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest award that can be bestowed on an Indiana citizen.

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