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The medals of Nevada’s most decorated World War II veteran are the center post of a new exhibit debuting at the Nevada State Museum in honor of Nevada Day.  The 2012 theme, Honoring Our Military Families, Past, Present and Future, chosen by the Nevada Day Committee, is well-represented at the museum with the collection of hero Jack Streeter, on display through Dec. 31.

“A World at War and a New Nevada,” salutes Streeter, a native Nevadan, born in Sparks, living in Reno and honored with a wing bearing his name at the region’s veteran’s hospital.   The museum’s special display will present the story of his service and survival.  Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower presented Streeter the Silver Star, in a Paris military hospital where Streeter was recovering following an attack.  It was one of five Silver Stars Streeter earned in addition to two Bronze Stars, five Purple Hearts and more.

“To earn his third Silver Star, he put himself in direct fire to distract three machine gun nests, in order to allow his assault unit movement,” said Robert Nylen, the museum’s curator of history.  “Luckily, he was not hit, and because of his action, his unit escaped destruction the next day.”

Streeter served in the ROTC while attending the University of Nevada.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Banning, Georgia in 1943.  During World War II, he was part of D-Day at Omaha Beach, Normandy and Battle of the Bulge, Germany. Other engagements included St. Lo Breakthrough, France; Battle of Mortain, France; Battle of Mons, Belgium; Battle of Aachen, Germany; Huertgen Forest, Germany; and Remagen Bridgehead, Germany.

Steeter earned the rank of captain and received his final Silver Star at a UNR half-time football program in 1946.  Two years later, he became a practicing lawyer and served as district attorney for Washoe County from 1951 to 1954.

During his service in World War II he earned a Silver Star with four oak leaf clusters, a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, a Purple Heart with four oak leaf clusters, and Arrowhead Award for the assault landing on D-Day, a French and Belgium Croix de Guerres with palm, as well as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

In addition to the Streeter exhibit debut, the museum is partnering with the Nevada Day Committee in minting a special commemorative medallion for the 2012 celebration.  Museum admission is free for the Nevada Day celebration, Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Nevada State Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday through Monday, at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City.  More information is available at (775) 687- 4810 ext. 245 or