Rep. Lipinski Presents Chicago Ridge Vet With Medals Earned 50 Years Ago
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) awarded Chicago Ridge veteran Army Spc. Raymond Sims with two medals he earned for his military service more than five decades ago. Lipinski personally presented Sims with the medals at a ceremony preceding the congressman’s recent town hall meeting in Oak Lawn.
“I'm honored to participate in this important day for Spc. Sims and his family, and proud that my office was able to get him the medals he earned but never received,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Our veterans have fought valiantly for our nation. It is a top priority of mine that they receive the proper recognition for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf.”
Sims was in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He had recently contacted Lipinski's office for help obtaining the medals he was rightfully due for his service.
In addition to the National Defense Service Medal recognizing honorable service during a designated time period in which a national emergency had been declared, Sims received an Army of Occupation Medal with a Germany clasp and two Marksmanship Badges.
Sims lives in Chicago Ridge with his wife of 52 years, Mary. Together, they have seven children and 15 grandchildren.
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