Hoeven Honors Military Service of North Dakota Veteran

Senator Presents Medals to WWII Veteran Philip Dewald

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – At a ceremony in Jamestown today, Senator John Hoeven honored the military service of World War II Veteran Philip Dewald, who passed away in August 2008. Technician Fifth Grade Dewald was never presented the medals he earned while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Senator Hoeven’s office has been working with the Dewald family to secure the military awards for Philip, and the senator today presented the awards he earned to Dewald’s wife, Bertha.

“Philip left his home in North Dakota to serve our country during a time of war,” said Hoeven. “These medals, while belated in their presentation, are a token of our nation’s appreciation and our sincere gratitude for his service. We are proud of our veterans and the enormous contributions they made in defending our nation and our way of life.”  

Technician Fifth Grade Philip Dewald

Philip Dewald, son of Peter and Albina Dewald, was born in Streeter, North Dakota. He grew up on the family farm with his six brothers and five sisters. Three of Philip’s brothers also served in the Army. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served for more than three years. Technician Fifth Grade Dewald was deployed to the Aleutian Islands for two years. He received an honorable discharge on September 3, 1945.

Philip married Bertha, on June 7, 1946, and together they raised two sons, Darrel and David. Following his discharge, Philip returned to farming, was active in the American Legion and served on many church and town boards. He lived on the family farm until 2003. His wife Bertha lives at the Rock of Ages Retirement Home in Jamestown.

“The service of our nation’s greatest generation continues to inspire today,” said Hoeven. “We remember Technician Fifth Grade Philip Dewald today and pay tribute to his dedicated service. He left his family farm in North Dakota to fight for our freedoms and our way of life. We will never forget the service of Tech Corporal Dewald and his World War II comrades.”

Technician Fifth Grade Philip Dewald Military Honors

  • Good Conduct Medal
  • American Campaign Medal
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Star
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Honorable Service World War II Lapel Button