Manchester, NH) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley presented medals to three Manchester-area veterans and their families today at ceremonies held at his Manchester Office.
"As our brave young men and women fight overseas, we are reminded of the valiant efforts of past soldiers who have made many personal sacrifices to protect our liberty and safety ,"said Bradley. "Mr. Lavigne, Mr. Royer and Mr. Hastings represent the best of America's servicemen, and I am honored to present these medals to them and their families in recognition of their courageous service to our country."
Karen Coughlin of Goffstown accepted the World War II Victory Medal on behalf of her deceased father, George Lavigne, Sr., who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Lavigne also received the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.
Bradley presented the Army Good Conduct Medal to Mr. Ira Royer of Manchester for his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Royer also received the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin WWII.
In the final medal ceremony, Bradley presented the Silver Star to Mr. Guy Hastings of Manchester, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later in the New Hampshire Army Reserves. Mr. Hastings received the prestigious Silver Star for his leadership during the Korean War. In 1952, Mr. Hastings was the Platoon Sergeant of the 279th Infantry Regiment Combat Team, which was charged with relieving a South Korean Division in Heartbreak Ridge. When the Platoon arrived, they discovered that the South Koreans left early and the North Koreans occupied their positions. Mr. Hastings led his Platoon to retake their positions and earned the Silver Star for his bravery in action.
Mr. Hastings also received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Army of Occupation Medal & Japan Clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal & Bronze Star Attachment (Triple), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal & Hourglass Device Bronze, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze Large (Double), the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, and the Marksman Badge and Pistol Bar.