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Post #803804 by Hamo on Mon, May 30, 2022 11:11 PM

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Hamo posted on Mon, May 30, 2022 11:11 PM

Trader Vic's sent the following email Monday morning:

This Memorial Day we wanted to share a little history about Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron. In 1970, the department of the Navy recognized his many years of service to wounded and disabled veterans. Being an amputee himself, this was something close to his heart.


Department of the Navy
Meritorious Public Service Citation
To Victor J. Bergeron
For services set forth in the following
For outstanding contribution to the Department of the Navy in areas of personal and internal affairs. During the past 25 years, Mr. Bergeron has given unstintingly of his time and effort in the furthering of the Navy’s personnel and internal affairs, specifically in the area of morale. As a result of his unselfish contributions of entertainment and refreshments at some of the world's most famous restaurants, hundreds of wounded Navy and Marine Corps personnel, many of them permanently disabled, have been greatly assisted in an adjustment to a new life. Additionally, Mr. Bergeron has brought happiness into many families by using his personal aircraft to bring patients and their families together. He has never sought recognition for these valuable services. In fact, he has shunned any public mention of his activities at the Naval Hospital, Oakland, California. Mr. Bergeron’s interest and personal involvement in the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled Naval personnel have been of immeasurable benefit to the Navy. In recognition and appreciation of his valuable service and of his patriotic devotion to the United States, this award is approved. June 19th, 1970