Rep. Barletta presents medals to six local veterans

Jul 3, 2012
Press Release

HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, presented long-overdue medals to six veterans during a ceremony in the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m very proud to present these medals to these men as a sign of gratitude for their service to our country,” Rep. Barletta said. “This ceremony takes on added meaning, as tomorrow is the Fourth of July, the birthday of our nation. As we celebrate the birthday of the United States, we should remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today.”

Receiving medals were:

  • Arthur Barnes of Bear Creek Township, who served in the Navy from 1964 until 1967 as a Petty Officer Third Class. He received the National Defense Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal.
  • Edwin Zondlo of Wilkes-Barre, who served in the Navy from 1963 until 1967 as a Radarman Second Class. He was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Award, the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the Navy “E,” the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device. Mr. Zondlo was also awarded the Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, but was not presented this award during this ceremony.
  • Philip Foley of Drums, who served in the Navy from 1962 until 1981. Throughout his years of service, Mr. Foley was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal with three Bronze Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one silver star, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, and the Marksman Pistol Badge. He was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device and the Honorable Discharge Button.
  • Thomas Ondrea of Dallas, who served in the Navy from 1966 until 1970. He was awarded the Purple Heart with accompanying certificate, the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V,” the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Star, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, and the Discharge Button. Mr. Ondrea is also entitled to two Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citations, but was not presented those during this ceremony.
  • Miller Stella of Mountain Top, who served in the Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, the Honorable Service Lapel Button from World War II, and the Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar.
  • Thomas Bracey of Taylor, who served in the Army Air Corps/United States Air Force from 1943 until 1981, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the European and Middle East Campaign with 3 Battle Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass device.

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