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Gilbert “Gil” Vanover Honored by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

Gilbert “Gil” Vanover of McCreary County was recently honored by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for dedicating his life to serving the people of McCreary County, KY and his country. Vanover, a Korean war veteran, was shot down and suffered injuries leading to his discharge from the Air Force while on a mission in a B-26 Bomber. Undaunted, Vanover reenlisted and served 28 years before retiring as a first sergeant. Vanover was awarded the Bronze Star, Cross of Gallantry Air Medal, and other military honors. After his career in the Armed Forces, Vanover returned home to McCreary County to serve his community as a teacher. He has been active in many civic, educational, and military organizations.
Having placed a tribute to Vanover in the Congressional Record on January 23, 2018, Senator McConnell presented Vanover with a copy of the tribute at the 80th 5th District Lincoln Club Banquet held in Corbin on Saturday night. Senator McConnell’s office learned about Vanover and his life of service after reading a “McCreary County Voice” newspaper article featuring Mr. Vanover. Pictured during Senator McConnell’s presentation are (left to right): McCreary County Voice feature reporter Eugenia Jones, Vanover’s niece Kathy Watters, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Gilbert “Gil”Vanover, and his wife, Ruth.

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