courtesy of Congresswoman Tenney's Office

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney hosted a medal ceremony on Friday for the family of a late World War II Veteran.

Craig Hook, the son of William Rea, contacted Tenney after his father's original set of medals were lost.

Tenney contacted the military, which was able to replace Rea's medals.

Rea served in the Infantry in the Army during World War II.

“It’s an honor to recover these medals for William G. Rea and present them to his family. Our veterans sacrifice so much to serve our country and don’t always get the recognition they deserve. As the mother of a Marine, it means so much to me when we can honor a veteran in this way. I urge all veterans who may not have received their medals, or who lost their medals, to contact our office as we can assist in recovering this important recognition,” said Tenney.

Tenney honored Rea with the following medals:

  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • American Defense Service Medal
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver service star and one bronze service star
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Honorable Service Lapel Button-World War II

For more information on how Tenney’s office can assist veterans or recover medals, please visit her website or call 315-732-0713.