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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Holds Ceremony Presenting Medals to World War II Army Veteran’s Family

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Washington, July 6, 2018 | comments

Utica, NY-Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) hosted a medal ceremony for the late World War II Army Veteran-Technician Fifth Grade William G. Rea. Craig Hook, the son of William G. Rea, contacted Rep. Tenney as the original set of his father’s medals were lost. The Army was able to replace his father’s medals after Rep. Tenney contacted the military on Mr. Hook’s behalf. 

“It’s an honor to recover these medals for William G. Rea and present them to his family. 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.

Technician Fifth Grade William G. Rea served in the Infantry in the Army during World War II as well as in the American and European Theatres. During his time in the Army, Mr. Rea earned the Distinguished Service Cross. This medal is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army (and previously, the United States Army Air Forces). It is awarded for extraordinary heroism while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

On Friday, Rep. Tenney honored William G. Rea with the following medals:

    • Distinguished Service Cross
    • American Defense Service Medal
    • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver service star and one bronze service star
    • World War II Victory Medal
    • Honorable Service Lapel Button-World War II (aka “Ruptured Duck)

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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