Fallen sailor honored 30 years later with huge donation to VA


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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – In April 1989, Seaman Robert James Gedeon III was killed during a training exercise on the USS Iowa … he was only 22 years old.

Michael Gedeon is proud to call the fallen sailor his brother.

He told 19 News that when the tragedy occurred, the VA Fisher House in Cleveland stepped up to help the Gedeon family show appreciation for their sacrifice.

“Mr. Fisher realized that there would be travel required, memorials and families are just stunned by this tragedy,” Gedeon explained, “and maybe they didn’t have the funds. , so he sent each family $ 10,000 … imagine … 47 families.

Still remembering the gracious gesture, Gedeon is now able to reciprocate.

The law firm he works for, Baker Hostetler, donated $ 25,000 to the cause, in honor of Robert Gedeon and his family.

“I’m just thinking about putting my name on it and his name on it, I’m just so grateful for that,” Gedeon said.

Wesley Freeman is the manager of Fisher House, he said donations like this are huge.

Without them, they could not help families who need it.

“The whole idea of ​​the Fisher House is to alleviate some of the burden on these families when they are going through tough times,” Freeman said.

“It’s really special for him that he is still remembered,” said Gedeon, “you always say we will never forget at the funeral, but the law firm really never forgot.”

La Maison Fisher is always on the lookout for donations, whether monetary or simply voluntary.

You can learn more here.

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