Posted by Justin Rice February 13, 2012 11:38 AM
Courtesy photoAn 86-year-old Peabody resident and Marine Corps veteran recently had one of his military identification tags - or dog tag - returned to him after it was lost during World War was honored by Congressman John Tierney and Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-Northern Mariana Islands).
The event was held on Saturday in the Macintosh Clubhouse Chapel in Brooksby Village (300 Brooksby Village Drive).
Tierney and Sablan presented Urie a plaque and medallion in gratitude for his service in the Northern Mariana Islands during World War II.
At least 60 local seniors watched as the lawmakers honored Urie and gave him a medallion on behalf of the Saipan VFW Post 3457 program that has, to date, bestowed more than 3,000 medallions to veterans of the World War II battles on Saipan and Tinian and throughout the Pacific.
“Mr. Urie served our country with valor, and I am proud to present him with this well-deserved medallion and congressional citation," Tierney said in a statement. "This ceremony is especially moving, as we recognize Mr. Urie on behalf of a group of veterans who know the sacrifices our military men and women endure, and who strive to recognize them all across our country. I feel privileged to meet Mr. Urie, hear his stories and thank him for his service and sacrifice.”
The medallion features the World War II War in the Pacific emblem on one side and the official seals of the participating branches of service on the reverse. Also inscribed on the medallion is the phrase “Our Grateful Islands Remember.”
The World War II veterans medallion program began with a coin, prepared as part of the 1994 commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas. More than 5,000 U.S. servicemen died in these battles and the subsequent air campaigns conducted from the Marianas.
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