Chairman Crowley, Assemblyman DenDekker Secure Missing Medals for Queens Korean War Veteran

November 20, 2017
Press Release

(Queens, N.Y.) – On Monday, November 13, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) was joined by NYS Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to present military service replacement medals to Jackson Heights resident Robert West, a veteran of the Korean War. Crowley secured for West of a total of four military decorations including: The National Service Medal, the Korean War Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the United Nations Service Medal.

“We can never forget the incredible sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. The medals earned by these brave Americans are tokens of appreciation for their service and I’m proud to have helped secure the reissue of the medals Robert West was awarded,” said Crowley. “We owe a debt of gratitude to individuals like Robert and this is the least we could do to honor his commitment to our nation.”

“I thank Congressman Crowley for his role in replacing these important military service medals for someone who gave so much of himself to our country,” said DenDekker. “I salute Robert West for serving with great distinction and courage. He has made our Queens community and our nation proud and I’m thrilled he is once again in possession of the decorations he so rightly deserves.”

In addition to replacing the medals West had lost, Crowley and DenDekker also presented him with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of his service in the U.S. Army.

Born on December 22, 1932, in Newport, West Virginia, West enlisted with the U.S. Army on January 27th, 1953, and was honorably discharged on December 7th, 1954. He last served with the 3rd Division, 15th Regiment Army Med. Co. West also served with the New York National Guard at the 369th Armory.