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Ron Ferrizzi USA VVAW
Ron Ferrizzi. VVAW member, not so proud of his service. In April 1971, Ferrizzi joined a VVAW demonstration outside the U.S. Capitol, in which 800 VVAW members, including John Kerry, threw their medals over a barricade erected to keep them out of the Capitol under orders of the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the medals Ferrizzi tossed away were his Silver Star, awarded for pulling a soldier from a burning helicopter and his Purple Heart. “Throwing my medals back was probably harder than going to the war … [but] I wouldn’t put them on the wall for my son. That was the last thing in the world I would ever want my son to revere,” he says in the Burns film.
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- http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/television/vietnam-war-ken-burns-pbs-philly-bill-ehrhart-ron-ferrizzi-20170914.html “Two Philly-area veterans help bring PBS's 'Vietnam War' home,”