Rep. Barletta Presents Medals to Local Veterans

Jul 28, 2016
Press Release

Rep. Barletta presented overdue medals to area veterans at a ceremony in Hazleton. 

From left to right: James N. Richert, Gertrude Wenner (on behalf of her late husband, Kenneth), Rep. Barletta, and Myron M. Diehl, Jr. 


HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today presented long overdue medals to three veterans during a ceremony at his Hazleton district office.  Recipients of the medals were: Myron M. Diehl, Jr. of Hazleton, James N. Richert of West Hazleton, and Kenneth H. Wenner (deceased) of White Haven. 

“These brave men sacrificed so that we may remain a free people in the greatest nation the world has ever known,” Barletta said.  “While these medals are long overdue, this presentation gives us an opportunity to thank them once again for their selfless acts on our behalf.”

Receiving medals were:

Myron M. Diehl, Jr. of Hazleton, U.S. Navy (Served on the USS Peterson during the Cuban Missile Blockade of 1962): Medals awarded included the Navy Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; and the Navy Expeditionary Medal.

James N. Richert of West Hazleton, U.S. Air Force (1971 to 1974): Medals awarded included the Presidential Unit Citation; the Vietnam Service Medal, with one Bronze Service Star; the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm (earned but not being presented, foreign award, not stocked by the United States Government).

Kenneth H. Wenner (deceased) of White Haven, U.S. Army Air Force (1942 to 1946): Medals awarded included the Army Good Conduct Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; the World War II Victory Medal; and the Honorable Service Lapel Button, World War II.  Mr. Wenner’s medals were requested by his wife, Gertrude, and his son, Kenneth.