Celebrity and Manhattan Beach resident Vince Vaughn is no stranger to honoring the country’s military. But now, the U.S. Army will honor him.
Vaughn, an actor and producer known for such films as “Wedding Crashers,” will receive the United States Army Meritorious Public Service Medal, that military branch’s third-highest civilian honor, during the annual Army Ball June 8 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach.
Vaughn will receive the honor for retelling soldiers’ stories in Mel Gibson’s film, “Hacksaw Ridge,” in which he played a supporting role.
He will also be recognized for lasting contributions to U.S. service members’ morale. Vaughn has carried out three USO tours, visiting numerous military bases and holding special advanced screenings of films.
This year’s ball — hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army — will also celebrate the 244th birthday of the Army and the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the code name given to the battle of Normandy during World War II.
Approximately 400 soldiers, and their friends and family will likely attend the public event.