Rep. Lipinski Presents Garfield Ridge, Korean War Vet With Medals Earned 60 Years Ago
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) awarded Chicago’s Garfield Ridge veteran Army Master Sgt. Leo Dilger with several medals he earned for his military service more than six decades ago. Lipinski personally presented Dilger, a veteran of the Korean War, with the medals at a ceremony preceding the congressman’s recent town hall meeting at the European Chalet.
“I'm honored to participate in this important day for Master Sgt. Dilger 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.”
Dilger served two stints in the U.S. Army between 1948 and 1953. He had recently contacted Lipinski's office for help obtaining the medals he was rightfully due for his service.
In addition to Korean Service Medal honoring his time in Korean and the National Defense Service Medal recognizing honorable service during a designated time period in which a national emergency had been declared, Dilger received a Good Conduct Medal, a United Nations Service Medal and an Army of Occupation Medal with a Japan clasp.
Together he and his wife, Sally, have three children and six grandchildren.
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