From left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner James Sass, William Sorg, Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal, Commissioner Steven Arndt
On Jan. 14, the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County Veteran William “Bill” Sorg of American Legion Post 279, Elmore.
Sorg was drafted into the United States Army in March 1969. After training, he was deployed to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, with the 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Phan Thiet. On April 8, 1970, during a patrol on Hill #74, his squad was attacked. This attack resulted in 9 soldiers being injured, including Bill.
Bill participated in four combat missions during his time in theater. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (4 bronze stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2) and Combat Infantry Badge.
Sorg opened the regularly scheduled meeting for the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. He was honored for his dedication and sacrifice through his service to our country with a plaque from President Regal. Sorg’s wife, Dianne; mother, Bobbie; and son, John were present at the ceremony.
“It was an honor for me to present the proclamation to Bill and to recognize his bravery, his sacrifices he made, and to thank him for his service to our country,” said President Regal.
The County Commissioners will be recognizing a veteran within the community the first or second Tuesday meeting of every month. In the month of February, they will honor a veteran from American Legion Post 324, Genoa.