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Reuben Voss Swisher
War: Korean War
Branch: Army and Air Force
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Cavalry
Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
Birth Year: January 3, 1933
Place of Birth: Muller Township, Michigan
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Ribbon, Army Occupational Medal - Japan, Korean Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award and Korean War Service Medal.


Reuben Swisher had nine years, two months and eighteen days on active duty, followed by five years in the Reserves. He was wounded twice in Korea and earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor while a combat infantryman. Swisher was seventeen years old when he served in Korea and was assigned to Fox Company of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was wounded on Hill 578 on February 15, 1951 at Chip-Yongni, near Yongp-Yong, as part of a force defending the Wonju Line close to the twin tunnels of Koksu-Ni, named the "Killer Operation." Besides being wounded twice, he suffered frostbitten feet.

After his Army service in 1950-1952, rising to Corporal, he joined the Air Force in 1957 and served until 1964 in the States, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. Besides the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Swisher then served the Department of Veterans Affairs and earned several honors while employed there, followed by 400 hours of volunteer work at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor after his retirement in 1991. He also served as Commander of the Washtenaw County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans for seven consecutive terms.