Hatch Dispatch: Military Honors

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-04-01 18:17:27
Dear Friend:One of the distinct honors I have as a United States Senator is to bestow military medals to veterans or veterans’ families that they earned but never received as a result of their service to our nation. A few days ago I had this pleasure once again.Recently Lorna Belnap, the daughter of World War II Veteran McKay Perkins, was going through her deceased father’s personal items and found records of military medals he should have received for his service during World War II. She contacted me about this and we quickly went to work to obtain the medals he so courageously earned.Veteran Perkins served in the 1st Calvary Division Troup G in the Southern Philippine Campaign during World War II. I was so touched by the words Lorna penned to me asking for my help. She stated: “It would mean a lot to me and my brothers and sister if these medals could now be awarded. We would cherish them and use them as reminders of the cost of freedom and the role our father played in World War II defending our freedoms. The medals would create opportunities for us to talk with our children and grandchildren about the importance of the Constitution and the difficulties of maintaining our freedom.”I had the honor of presenting the following medals to Lorna and many descendants of McKay Perkins:• The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and Bronze Star• The World War II Victory Medal• The Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award• The Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Bronze Star• The World War II Honorable Service Lapel Button• And as the final crowning honor – The Bronze Star Medal. (Showing the Bronze Star Medal to McKay Perkin’s Great Grandson Nicholas Evans)Not only does Mr. Perkins deserve these medals, when I read the words of Lorna, knew how much these symbols of her father’s patriotism, service and honor would mean for her and for generations to come.I truly honor and revere our nation’s veterans. McKay and so many others like him have helped shape America and blessed our nation and its people with freedom and peace. I am pleased these honors have finally found their rightful home.(Many of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of McKay Perkins with the medals)Warm Regards,Orrin Hatch
e-Newsletter Header

Dear Friend:

One of the distinct honors I have as a United States Senator is to bestow military medals to veterans or veterans’ families that they earned but never received as a result of their service to our nation. A few days ago I had this pleasure once again.

Recently Lorna Belnap, the daughter of World War II Veteran McKay Perkins, was going through her deceased father’s personal items and found records of military medals he should have received for his service during World War II. She contacted me about this and we quickly went to work to obtain the medals he so courageously earned.

Veteran Perkins served in the 1st Calvary Division Troup G in the Southern Philippine Campaign during World War II. I was so touched by the words Lorna penned to me asking for my help. She stated: “It would mean a lot to me and my brothers and sister if these medals could now be awarded. We would cherish them and use them as reminders of the cost of freedom and the role our father played in World War II defending our freedoms. The medals would create opportunities for us to talk with our children and grandchildren about the importance of the Constitution and the difficulties of maintaining our freedom.”

I had the honor of presenting the following medals to Lorna and many descendants of McKay Perkins:

• The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and Bronze Star

• The World War II Victory Medal

• The Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award

• The Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Bronze Star

• The World War II Honorable Service Lapel Button

• And as the final crowning honor – The Bronze Star Medal.

 

Showing the Bronze Star to Great-Grandson Nicholas Evans

(Showing the Bronze Star Medal to McKay Perkin’s Great Grandson Nicholas Evans)


Not only does Mr. Perkins deserve these medals, when I read the words of Lorna, knew how much these symbols of her father’s patriotism, service and honor would mean for her and for generations to come.

I truly honor and revere our nation’s veterans. McKay and so many others like him have helped shape America and blessed our nation and its people with freedom and peace. I am pleased these honors have finally found their rightful home.

Descendants of McKay Perkins

(Many of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of McKay Perkins with the medals)

Warm Regards,

Orrin Hatch

Home | Contact Us | Unsubscribe

This e-mail was sent to xxx
Click here to unsubscribe

Senator Orrin Hatch
104 Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5251
Fax: (202) 224-6331