Clinic named for WWII hero

By The Mercury

The Senate on Tuesday voted to name a Junction City clinic after a decorated World War II veteran and longtime resident.

In a bill sponsored by U.S. senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, the Senate decided to name the facility the Lt. Gen. Richard J. Seitz Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.

Seitz led his battalion through the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. In his nearly 37 years of active duty, Seitz received numerous awards including the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

Following his military retirement, Lt. Gen. Seitz settled in Junction City, where he frequently greeted returning units and was actively involved with a number of community organizations.

In 2012, the General Richard J. Seitz Elementary School at Ft. Riley was named in his honor.

“Our country lost a great man, a dedicated soldier, and an American hero when Lieutenant General Dick Seitz passed away,” Moran said. “As a native Kansan who settled in Junction City following his military retirement, he never retired from serving.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs facility provides primary care, behavioral health, personal care, laboratory, prescriptions and psychiatry services for veterans.

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