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Awarded his Bronze Star - 64 years later

Sixty-four years late is better than never for one Richmond Hill veteran who was finally given the Bronze Star he earned for service in World War II.
United States Army, Private First Class (PFC) James Nash was given his award by Congressmember Gregory Meeks on Monday, April 14.
Nash’s story is truly one of courage and determination.
Nash served in Düsseldorf, Germany when he was 18 years old as part of the Central European, Rhineland Campaign and during the Occupation of Germany in the Communications Division as a Switchboard Operator.
Last month, he contacted Meeks’ office for assistance in receiving the accolade. After a request by Meeks for a review of Nash’s military service record - which was partially destroyed in a fire on July 12, 1973 - a portion of the record was recovered and the Department of the Army discovered that Nash was entitled to receive a Bronze Star.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege for me to preside over this ceremony for James Nash,” said Meeks. “Mr. Nash served our country at a time that freedom was uncertain. We are a grateful nation for the sacrifices that Mr. Nash made on behalf of our great country.”
Nash, who was flanked by his son, James Nash Jr., daughter Elizabeth Nash Mostert, daughter-in-law Janeth Nash and his youngest granddaughter, Emily 3 1/2, shared words of wisdom for the young soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Write letters to your parents and loved ones, it is very important that you share with them your experiences in letters,” he said. “Also make sure that when you depart from the service that you take full advantage of the GI Bill and any benefits the government provides.” The Bronze Star is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with operations against the enemy.
Nash is also the recipient of the Army of Occupation Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He received an honorable discharge in July 1946.
If you are a veteran and believe you may be entitled to medals, Meeks encourages you to contact his office at 718-725-6000 for assistance.

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