At the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2's Jan. 25 meeting, Dale Baringer of Austintown was recognized and honored for his ongoing service.
Besides serving during the Vietnam War, he has dedicated his life to helping veterans and their families.
"We are honoring him for what he has done and for what he continues to do," DAV Adjutant Tony Revetti said. "He is responsible for establishing honor guards for the DAV and for the VFW."
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Marine Corp League Detachment 494 Commandant Don DeWitt, left, and Disabled American Veteran Adjutant Tony Revetti, right, pose with DAV chaplain Dale Baringer during a recent gathering at the Austintown Senior Center Veterans Wing. Baringer, a Vietnam War veteran, was honored for the service he provides to veterans and their families.
Baringer served in Vietnam as a member of a joint operation between the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army. He was a sergeant with Troop B, 7th Calvary, 1st Division based out of Fort Knox, Ky. His unit was assigned to a Marine outfit under a joint operation from January 1969 to February 1970.
Baringer was among those who survived the war and made it home from Vietnam, which gave him a new mission in life.
"I came back for a reason," he said. "I do what I do for those who didn't come back."
For the past 18 years he has served as Marine Corp League Detachment 494 chaplain and for the past seven years, he has been chaplain of the local chapter of the DAV.
During that time, Baringer has established honor guards to serve during local veterans' funerals. To date, his honor guards have attended more than 700 veterans' funerals.
Also at the meeting, Baringer was brought to the front and issued proclamations from both the DAV and Detachment 494. He also received the Distinguished Citizens Award from the Marine Corp League National Headquarters in Quantico, Va.
"We really surprised him," Revetti said. "He didn't know this was coming."
The two groups also were able to obtain a very special memorial piece for Baringer. They had a local steel company laser-cut a silhouette of an American flag with the word "chaplain" on it along with Baringer's 7th Calvary patch.
The silhouette and proclamations were presented to Baringer before a room full of veterans who gave the chaplain a standing ovation.