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71 years after WWII, Clearwater vet to finally receive his service medals
Date:  8/18/2016
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71 years after WWII, Clearwater vet to finally receive his service medals

Rep. David Jolly to also present service medals to 5 others

Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) will present a Clearwater World War II veteran with his long overdue service medals tomorrow morning (Friday, August 19, 2016) at the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo.

89-year-old James Shanyfelt served in the U.S. Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. But Shanyfelt never received his service medals. That will change tomorrow when Jolly presents Shanyfelt with eight different service medals, plus an honorable service lapel pin and a discharge button.

In addition to Shanyfelt, Jolly will present service medals to five other veterans and their families.

Terry Carden of St. Petersburg served in the U.S. Marine Corp during Vietnam and will be presented with a replacement Purple Heart.

John Robert Gallagher of Clearwater served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and will be presented with two service medals he never received, including the Vietnam Service Medal & Silver Star Attachment.

Tracey Robbins of Dunedin will be presented with three replacement medals for her father’s service. Robbins’ father, Robin Stanley Robbins, served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. His service medals were stolen.

George Panagopoulos of Tampa served in the U.S. Navy during The Gulf War and will be presented with four medals and two ribbons he never received for his service.

Calvin C Norman, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War will be given four medals posthumously. Norman’s daughter, Donna Norman, will accept the medals on her father’s behalf.

The Armed Forces History Museum is located at 2050 34th Way North in Largo.

Tomorrow’s ceremony is open to the media and scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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