A lifelong Ferndale resident who was severely injured during the Vietnam War has finally been given his rightfully earned Purple Heart. With an audience of about one hundred friends, family and fellow vets and servicemen, Army Sgt. Tom Ducharme received the medal from Senator Carl Levin on Oct. 5, 2012. His wife Jeanmarie and sons Matt and Jack looked on with pride.
Sibula shared his war stories at the Hangin’ with the Heroes event on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Hangin’ with the Heroes is Ferndale’s way of celebrating the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces. A party is held to recognize send offs and homecomings, complete with honors and recognition, plus a delicious spread of food shared with community members.