McMorris Rodgers Presents Silver Star, Purple Heart to Wife of Republic Veteran

Apr 26, 2022

Spokane Valley, Wash. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) yesterday presented Joann Boucher, widowed wife of Sergeant Arthur F. Boucher, with her departed husband’s Silver Star and Purple Heart replacement medals, which he earned during his service to his country.

Sergeant Boucher served in the United States Army for six years during the Vietnam War. While under heavy hostile fire, he was painfully wounded but refused medical evacuation, choosing instead to remain with his unit. Without regard for his own safety, Sergeant Boucher instinctively and courageously moved several severely wounded soldiers to safety and provided lifesaving medical care.

“Sergeant Boucher’s gallant actions during his tour in Vietnam demonstrated unquestionable valor and courage,” said Rodgers. “It was my honor to present his wife, Joann, with the decorations he so rightfully earned. While there are no words to properly express my gratitude, I know I speak for our entire community when I say that Sergeant Boucher’s devotion to duty, unit, and country is unparalleled, and we are incredibly grateful for his service to our nation.” 

Additionally, Cathy presented Sergeant Boucher’s wife, Joann with the following decorations for her husband’s service:

  • Good Conduct Medal 
  • National Defense Service Medal 
  • Vietnam Service Medal & Bronze Star Attachment 
  • Combat Medical Badge 1st Award
  • Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon W Device (1960)
  • Expert Badge & Carbine Bar
  • Sharpshooter Badge & Rifle Bar
  • Marksman Badge & Pistol Bar 


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