Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Holds Ceremony Presenting Medals to World War II Army Veteran’s Family
Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) hosted medal ceremony for the late World War II Army Veteran PFC Gerald Stanley at the Remington Arms Museum in Ilion, NY. PFC Gerald Stanley was awarded these medals during his service, but he never received them. During the ceremony, Rep. Tenney presented the medals to Reverend Ronald Stanley, the son of PFC Gerald Stanley and their family. Members of the UMWA Local 717 Union and two Vietnam veterans stood by Rev. Stanley’s side as Rep. Tenney handed the medals to the family.
“It’s an honor to recover these medals for PFC Stanley and present them to his family here at Remington Arms. Our veterans sacrifice so much to serve our country and don’t always get the recognition they deserve. As the mother of a Marine, it means so much to me when we can honor a veteran in this way. I urge all veterans who may not have received their medals, or who lost their medals, to contact our office as we can assist in recovering this important recognition,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.
PFC Stanley entered the Army after graduating from Poland High School in 1943 where he served with Company G of the 141st Infantry during World War II. He was wounded twice in France in 1944 and was honorably discharged in July of 1945.
PFC Stanley was born in the Town of Ohio on October 13, 1924 as an only child. Upon leaving the Army, he was employed at the Jamestown Veneer Mill, formerly of Poland and then as a Dairy Inspector. He also worked at Kelsey-Hayes and later at UNIVAC, until it closed. PFC Stanley was a 61 year member of Newport Lodge #455 F. & A. M. As a life-long resident of Gray, he was a member of both the former United Methodist Church and Wallace Gibson Post American Legion. Gerald was also a charter member of the former Gray Volunteer Fire Department.
On Wednesday, Rep. Tenney honored PFC Stanley with the following medals:
· Bronze Star Medal
· Purple Heart Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
· Good Conduct Medal
· European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars
· World War II Victory Medal
· Combat Infantry Badge first award
· Honorable Service Lapel pin (“Ruptured Duck”)
· Expert Badge with Rifle Bar
For more information on how Rep. Tenney’s office can assist veterans or recover medals, please visit our website here, or call 315-732-0713.
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