Riderwood Resident Dr. Charles E. Rath is Awarded His Long-Overdue WWII Bronze Star Medal

SILVER SPRING, MD (November 16, 2012) - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski worked to ensure Riderwood retirement community resident Dr. Charles E. Rath, a World War II veteran, has been awarded his long-awaited Bronze Star medal. Dr. Rath received his medal, along with an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol, at a Defense Information School Ceremony in Fort Meade, MD. Misplaced paperwork was the cause of Dr. Rath waiting 67 years for his medal. Dr. Rath was drafted into the Army as a doctor during World War II following his internship. His Bronze Star citation noted his meritorious achievement in support of the 63rd Infantry "Blood and Fire" Division's drive through Central Europe. Dr. Capt. Rath served in the Army from mid-February 1945 until the end of the war. The 63rd Infantry Division made a path of "blood and fire" from Sarreguemines through the Siegfried Line to Worms, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Gunzburg and ending in Landsberg, Germany, at the end of April 1945 when the division was pulled from the line for a much-needed rest, according to the history of the 63rd Infantry Division.