Wall veteran landed in Europe 73 years ago this week…Monmouth Vet Presented w Medals for WWII Service
U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) today presented military service medals to Al Salazar, 93, of Wall Township, NJ, for his service in World War II, including the invasion of Normandy.
Mr. Salazar served under both General Omar Bradley and later Lt. General George Patton. Among his critical duties were operating as “the radio man” and sending Morse code signals.
“It was 73 years ago this week that Mr. Salazar landed in Europe as a 20-year-old young man,” said Smith, the former Chairman of the Veterans Committee in the House of Representatives for four years and a senior Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “He is truly part of the ‘Greatest Generation’ that helped liberate Europe and create a foundation for peace after two horrendous World Wars. I am honored and humbled to present these medals to him today on behalf of a grateful nation. We thank God for you and what you did, Mr. Salazar.”
At a presentation before the veteran’s family at the Xanadu senior condominium club house in Wall, Smith presented Mr. Salazar with:
After the family experienced difficulties with acquiring the medals, Smith intervened with the National Archives’ National Personal Records Center requesting the medals be issued. The Army approved the request and Smith received the medals in February. Mr. Salazar’s health precluded a medal ceremony until now.
“These medals are a small but important part of both his life and his family’s history,” Smith said. “I am glad his daughter Linda prompted Mr. Salazar to seek them, because he served his country honorably and is very deserving of this recognition.”