BENSALEM, PA – At a ceremony Friday, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) presented Mae Schlosser of Bensalem with five medals earned by her late father during World War II more than 70 years ago, but were never received.
Raymond Kelly served in the United States Navy during World War II from October 1943 to May 31, 1944, and saw action in multiple theaters. Kelly’s flotilla was active in Arawe, Cape Gloucester, Finschafen, Talasea, Saidor, Aitape, Hollandia, and the Schouten Islands.
“Americans from each generation have put their lives on the line in the name of freedom and the service of others. That service and sacrifice deserves to be recognized – including that of Mr. Kelly,” said Fitzpatrick. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity today to right a wrong and award these medals to Mr. Kelly’s daughter. Each veteran deserves the support and acknowledgment of a grateful nation.”
Kelly earned, never received, the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal & Four Bronze Star Appurtenances, and the European-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Each medal was presented to his daughter, along with a congressional certificate and an American flag flown over the Capitol Building.
“I really appreciate Congressman Fitzpatrick’s help, it’s a thrill,” said Ms. Schlosser. “The items from today will be passed down for generations; the flag to one daughter and the medals to the other.”
Fitzpatrick’s staff includes Military and Veteran’s Affairs caseworkers who are available to assist Bucks and Montgomery county veterans and families with military records, federal agencies requests, VA benefits and more. Please contact the Congressman’s Langhorne District office at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Suite 400, Langhorne or by phone at 215-579-8102.