Tom Hillsamer was honored for his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II with a pinning ceremony on Monday at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Turlock resident was part of the gun crew of the Albert P. Ryder liberty ship that delivered cargo to troops in Europe and South America.
Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Turlock City Council took part in the ceremony, which also included Hillsamer's family.
"It was a privilege and honor to recognize Mr. Hillsamer for his service to our country during World War II," said Mayor Gary Soiseth. "It's always an honor to be in a room filled with veterans, but it's especially humbling when I find myself in a room with a veteran of our Greatest Generation. Mr. Hillsamer is the best Turlock has to offer and all residents should pause and reflect on his patriotism and dedication to this great country."
Along with being recognized for his service to the country, Hillsamer was also honored by CovenantCare Hospice for the seven years he worked as a volunteer for the organization. On Monday, Hillsamer said he was thankful for the hospice service of which he is now a patient.