Dad’s Belated Bronze Star

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
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More than 68 years after Lt. Eugene L. Lewenthal, Jr., an officer of the 111th, first recommended it, my father’s Bronze Star was awarded posthumously yesterday. The award is the second highest war-time service award (as opposed to awards for valor).

Thanks to Ed’s efforts over the past few months, what had been a faded piece of paper in my father’s files turned into a memorable and touching presentation last evening at U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (Virginia Sixth District) local office.

Ed, Andrea, and U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-6)

Ed, Andrea, and U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte

Last fall, Ed inquired and learned that the Army had no record of the recommendation, so he set about to make it happen. (If any of you come across such a recommendation in your father’s file, let us know, and Ed can tell you how to resubmit it.) We almost said forget it when we learned the request had to start with our Congressman—but it turned out he was happy to help.

When we learned last week that the award had been approved, Ed emailed the staffer in the Army Awards and Decorations Branch to thank him for his help, and he got this nice reply: “I was told of the Board outcome the moment it went final, and along with some of my historians on staff, we all broke out into big grins! I will pass along your words to my Commander and to the staff that worked the case. . . . I love talking to the Vets from WW2. They are always the most humble men, and have some of the best stories. “

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Comments
  1. StephieD says:

    That’s so awesome…I hope Grandpa knows somehow he received this!! Hugs!!

  2. harlind says:

    Andrea:

    What a wonderful Tracing, and a fitting tribute to your father. Congratulations to Ed and you for not giving up. God bless.

    May you have blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year — I know that it will be another busy one.

    Cheers, Harding

  3. Douglas Errington says:

    Congratulations to your father!! How wonderful!!

  4. Kay McAnally says:

    I know that being awarded this medal pleases Uncle Bill tremendously – if he could pin it to his spirit he probably would. I know this because of a personal story that involved a not-so-important medal but it was very meaningful none the less.

    During WWll my mother won a swimming medal – 1st place – in a British Red Cross life saving contest. But metal was in short supply during the war and no one could use it for unnecessary purposes so, instead, she received a voucher that said that she could submit to the red cross after the “cessation of hostilities” and exchange it for the real thing. She never did. But she had told me about winning the medal several times in my life and just before her 80th birthday I found the voucher amongst her files – she had kept it since 1942.

    I sent the vocher to the British Red Cross and, as they promised, they sent her the medal she earned 64 years later as well as the original voucher. When my mother received it (framed with voucher) for her 80th birthday she was so proud and the happy and memories of that time in her life flooded back. We all enjoyed the stories she told when she thought about her medal and I do believe the medal was one of her most valued possessions.

    Good for you, Andy and Good for Ed!

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