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Stater Bros. Markets CEO honored by Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Posted: April 12, 2010 1:36 p.m.
Updated: April 12, 2010 1:48 p.m.

Stater Bros. Markets Chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award on March 1.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Jack H. Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, has been honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his years of contributions to the Honor Society and for his dedication to promoting and perpetuating the principles upon which our nation was founded: "Courage, Sacrifice and Selfless Service."

The award was presented on March 1 by five Medal of Honor recipients: John F. Baker Jr., Harvey C. Barnum Jr., Ronald E. Ray, James A. Taylor and Jay R. Vargas, who have all known Brown personally for many years.

"I have been honored in my career by receiving several special awards but none were presented by five Medal of Honor recipients and from an organization that I so respect and admire ... the Congressional Medal of Honor Society," said Brown. 

"Those who wear the ... ‘Medal of Honor' ... are truly America's finest."

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is comprised of only those Americans who have received our Nation's Highest Award for Heroism under fire while risking their lives in action against our enemies.

In the 148-year history of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, only 3,346 have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Today, only 91 Medal of Honor recipients remain. Many are in their late 80s and received the award for action in World War II.

Brown is a Navy veteran, having served with the Pacific Fleet during the Vietnam era. He has been at the helm of Stater Bros. Markets for the past 29 years.

Stater Bros. Markets was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned supermarket chain in southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2009 of $3.77 billion.

The company currently operates 167 supermarkets, and there are more than 19,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. Last year, Stater Bros. donated more than $14 million in support of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves and is the proud recipient of the "2010 Community Service Award" from America's Supermarket Industry.

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