MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Joint Veterans Counsel has announced an American flag will be raised on Thursday Aug. 29 at 6 p.m., in front of the Richland County Courthouse to honor deceased U.S. Army Veteran Donald Eugene Gies Sr.
Donald was born July 6, 1932 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late John F. and Mabel (Griffith) Gies.
Don was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served from Nov 12, 1952 to Nov 11, 1954. Don received the Combat Infantry Badge; Korean Service Medal W/1 Bronze Service Star; United Nations Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Don was released from active military service and transferred to Army Reserve to complete eight years service.
Don was a retired as Head gauger in the Hot Mill of the Ohio Seamless Tube (now ArcelorMittal Tubular Products) in Shelby after 44 years of service.
He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Amvets, Shelby Knights of Columbus Council 1968; A life member of Shelby American Legion O'Brien Post 326 and Shelby VFW George Broderick Post 291.
Don pasted away March 26, 2004 at the age of 71 and is buried in the Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Shelby Ohio
He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Moyer) Gies, 4 sons, Donald Gies Jr, John Gies, Thomas Gies and Joseph Gies; two daughters Monica Depinet and Patricia Trausch and his grandchildren.
The Honored Veteran’s Flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building after which the Veteran’s name will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing those veteran’s honored in the same manner already displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.
The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program.