Rep. Barletta presents medal to World War II veteran
HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, presented long-overdue medals to 86-year-old World War II veteran Albert Everett Jr. of Berwick on Monday.
While in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Everett served on the USS Bache, DD-470, from its commissioning in November 1942 through August 1946. During that time, the Bache earned eight battle stars. After World War II, Mr. Everett stayed with the Navy as a member of the reserves until 1948.
Mr. Everett contacted Rep. Barletta’s office because he believed he was eligible for a medal he did not receive. An investigation by the U.S. Navy determined he was not eligible for that particular medal, but discovered that he was eligible for four other medals he had not received.
Monday morning, Rep. Barletta presented those medals to Mr. Everett in Hazleton as members of the veteran’s family looked on.
“I’m proud to present these medals to Mr. Everett as a sign of gratitude for his service to this country as a member of the Greatest Generation,” Rep. Barletta said. “His medals are long overdue. I’m surprised to learn how many of our veterans did not receive the medals they earned – even decades later – so I encourage all veterans who believe they did not receive the medals they earned to contact my office.”
The four medals Mr. Everett received for the first time are:
The Combat Action Ribbon, which is awarded to those who, in any grade including and below that of a captain in the Navy and Coast Guard (or colonel in the Marine Corps), have actively participated in ground or surface combat.
The Navy Discharge Button, which is given to members of the Navy who are honorably discharged from the service.
The Honorable Service Lapel Pin, which is given to military service members who were discharged under honorable conditions during World War II.
The Philippine Liberation Medal, which was awarded for service in the liberation of the Philippines from October 17, 1944, to September 2, 1945.
Mr. Everett was also re-awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic Campaign Medal.
The World War II Victory Medal is awarded to members of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty or as a reservist between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946.
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal is a service decoration which was awarded to any member of the United States military who served in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945. It was created on November 6, 1942, by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.