Rep. Barletta Presents Medals to Area Veterans
Rep. Barletta (center) presented medals to Navy veteran William Monk, Jr. (left) and to Leo J. Boris (right), accepting on behalf of his father, Army veteran Leo E. Boris (deceased) of Hazleton.
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today presented long overdue medals to two veterans of the United States military during a ceremony at his Hazleton district office. Recipients of the medals were Navy veteran William Monk, Jr. of Drums and Army veteran Leo E. Boris (deceased) of Hazleton. Leo J. Boris accepted medals on behalf of his father.
“Veterans of our military – and their families – have sacrificed greatly in the defense of their country and it is only right that they receive the recognition they are due,” Barletta said. “We owe our veterans a debt we cannot ever fully repay, but awarding these overdue medals is a small gesture we can make on behalf of a grateful nation.”
Receiving medals were:
William Monk, Jr. of Drums, U.S. Navy, 1962-1968 (Served aboard the USS Ethan Allen): Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Honorable Discharge Button.
Leo E. Boris (deceased) of Hazleton, U.S. Army, 1941-1945: Bronze Star (awarded for heroic or meritorious service), Purple Heart (wounded 22 July 1944, France), Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment – Quadruple (Bronze Stars on medal represent campaigns in which he was involved. In this case Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland Ardennes), World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, Expert Badge and Auto Rifle Bar, Carbine Bar, Machine Gun Bar, Pistol Bar, Rifle Bar, and Submachine Gun Bar.
Rep. Barletta frequently presents medals which were lost or never awarded for a variety of reasons, including fire, lost records, or discovery of old records. Veterans and their families wishing to secure medals for themselves or loved ones can contact the Congressman’s offices in Washington, DC (202-225-6511), Hazleton (570-751-0050), Harrisburg (717-525-7002), Carlisle (717-249-0190), or Sunbury (570-988-7801).