Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Presents Medals to Wilson County Veteran

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Washington, July 21, 2014 | comments

On Monday, July 21st, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) joined American Legion Post 38 to present seven awards to Wilson County veteran, Mr. Pedro Devora.  Mr. Devora contacted Congressman Cuellar’s office last November to inquire about awards he did not receive upon his discharge from the Navy.  Rep. Cuellar’s constituent caseworker worked with the Department of the Navy to ensure Mr. Devora received the medals he had earned during his service.

“It gives me great honor to present these medals, ribbons, stars and pin to Mr. Devora which signify his heroic service to our nation,” said Congressman Cuellar.  “The awards he is receiving today are an indication that his valiant service to our country has not gone unnoticed. His bravery while fighting for the freedom we all deserve is being recognized today.”

Mr. Devora served during World War II, aboard the U.S.S. Sangmon.  He participated in the invasion in Okinawa on Easter Sunday – April 1, 1945 and has already been honored by the Mariana Islands Government with the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and Philippine Liberation Medal (with one Bronze Star) for his heroism in the Pacific Theatre and deliverance from the Empire of Japan.

The awards he is receiving today are:

    1. World War II Victory Medal
    2. American Campaign Medal
    3. Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (with one bronze star appurtenance)
    4. Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon
    5. Combat Action Ribbon
    6. Discharge Button
    7. Honorable Service Lapel Pin (with Ruptured Duck)
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