“Mr. Bermudez-González selflessly fought to defend our liberties,” Senator Brown said. “But nearly half a century has gone by since he earned these medals. He deserves recognition—and above all else, our gratitude—for his service and sacrifice.”
Sr. Bermudez-González was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico in 1939, came to the United States in 1954, and relocated to Lorain in 1955. In 1960 he began working at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant. Sr. Bermudez-González was drafted into the Army in 1963, where he trained to become a Turret Mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1965 with the rank of Specialist 4.
After fulfilling his duty to the Army, Sr. Bermudez-González returned to Lorain and his job at the Ford Plant. He worked there for 34 years and retired in 1997. He also served in the Lorain Police Auxiliary for 35 years.
At the June 2nd ceremony at Lorain City Hall, Bermudez-González was recognized with awards he earned 49 years ago, but never received.
Sr. Bermudez-González was awarded the: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar.
¡Felicidades Felix Alberto Bermudez-González!
In the photo: Felix Alberto Bermuda-González is center, with his wife, Nancy, left, and daughter, Margarita, right, at the Lorain Lighthouse Mural at City Hall. Photo courtesy of Sen. Brown’s office.
Editor’s Note: Senator Brown is the Co-Chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus and is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. He is the only Ohio Senator to serve a full term on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and is an original cosponsor of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which offers tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans and provides job retraining assistance to veterans between 35 and 60 years of age.
Ohio veterans and the family members of deceased veterans may request military records and medals by contacting Senator Brown’s Cleveland office at (216) 522-7272, or by visiting the “Constituent Services” section of Brown’s website at brown.senate.gov.