“Mr. Bermudez-González selflessly fought to defend our
liberties,” Senator Brown said. “But nearly half a century has
gone by since he earned these medals. He deserves
recognition—and above all else, our gratitude—for his service
Sr. Bermudez-González was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico in 1939,
came to the United States in 1954, and relocated to Lorain in
1955. In 1960 he began working at the Lorain Ford Assembly
Plant. Sr. Bermudez-González was drafted into the Army in 1963,
where he trained to become a Turret Mechanic. He was honorably
discharged in 1965 with the rank of Specialist 4.
After fulfilling his duty to the Army, Sr. Bermudez-González
returned to Lorain and his job at the Ford Plant. He worked
there for 34 years and retired in 1997. He also served in the
Lorain Police Auxiliary for 35 years.
At the June 2nd ceremony at Lorain City Hall,
Bermudez-González was recognized with awards he earned 49 years
ago, but never received.
Sr. Bermudez-González was awarded the: Good Conduct Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, and Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle
Felix Alberto Bermudez-González!
In the photo:
Felix Alberto Bermuda-González is center, with his wife, Nancy,
left, and daughter, Margarita, right, at the Lorain Lighthouse
Mural at City Hall. Photo courtesy of Sen. Brown’s office.
Editor’s Note: Senator Brown is the Co-Chair of the Senate Air
Force Caucus and is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs
Committee. He is the only Ohio Senator to serve a full term on
the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and is an original
cosponsor of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which offers tax
credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans and provides
job retraining assistance to veterans between 35 and 60 years of
Ohio veterans and the family members of deceased veterans may
request military records and medals by contacting Senator
Brown’s Cleveland office at (216) 522-7272, or by visiting the
“Constituent Services” section of Brown’s website at