95-Year-Old Veteran of Three Wars Thanked for His Service by Congressman Denver Riggleman

July 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Denver Riggleman thanked Lt. Col. Joseph Wood for his service in three foreign wars via telephone on Friday.  Congressman Riggleman virtually presented a flag which had flown over the U.S. Capitol on July 4 in a ceremony arranged by Hero’s Bridge and Capital Caring.   Lt. Col. Joseph Wood was honored for his service and bravery in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Due to social distancing concerns Congressman Riggleman joined the ceremony via telephone:

"I was amazed at your selfless service. I just want you to know that we were proud to fly a flag over the capitol on July 4, 2020,” said Congressman Riggleman. “You are the reason for our independence. I don’t think there is anybody like you, sir. This flag is a small reminder of what you have done for our country. We appreciate you. Thank you for allowing me to represent you, sir."

Prior to the flag presentation, Lt. Col. Wood shared stories from his service, including from enlisting at age 18, to his time with General MacArthur, and his Vietnam service when he retrieved a Budweiser poster from the Officer’s Club while under Viet Cong fire.

"I never dreamed of anything like this. I was with a good group," said Lt. Col. Wood.

Congressman Riggleman is a veteran of the United States Air Force and deployed following the September 11th terrorist attacks.  As a Member or Congress Rep. Riggleman is authorized to request flags be flown over the Capitol.  You can find more information on the ceremony held for Lt. Col. Wood here.