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Robin Roberts years of work rewarded

November 29, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"Mission accomplished!" Robin Roberts said Thursday upon return from a two-day trip to Washington D.C. Roberts led the campaign for Congressional Gold Medal recognition of the eight Sac and Fox - Meskwaki Tribal members who served as Code Talkers in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.

After working diligently for a total of 10 years and five months, the work paid off with the official ceremony in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Not only did Roberts play a pivotal role for his own Meskwaki Tribe, but he spent countless hours working with other Tribes of which members also served as military Code Talkers and were honored Wednesday, as well.

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Robin Roberts (right) who led the effort for Code Talker Congressional medals speaks with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) following the award ceremony in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Roberts spent more than 10 years seeking to secure issuance of the medals for the World War II?heroes.

Not only that, but he can recount what seemed like endless telephone, email and mail communications with Congressional leaders and staff over the years.

A U.S. Marine Crops veteran himself, Roberts took his effort on the road too, speaking to veterans organizations around the state and just about anyone else who he said could back his effort to obtain what U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley called "long overdue recognition" in a statement following the Washington ceremony.



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