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Blumenthal presents medals to two Connecticut veterans

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal & U.S. veteran Anthony Calo U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal & U.S. veteran Anthony Calo
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal & U.S. veteran Henry Stefanowicz U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal & U.S. veteran Henry Stefanowicz

United States Sen. Richard Blumenthal presented medals to two Connecticut veterans, who after decades of service received their decoration of honor Monday morning.

Blumenthal presented the honors to U.S. Navy veteran Anthony Calo and U.S. Army veteran Henry Stefanowicz for their military service.

"Thank you so much for your years of service and sacrifice and enjoy them for many, many years to come," Blumenthal told the men Monday.

The medals were successfully obtained by Blumenthal after receiving a request for assistance from the veterans.

Calo, of Plainville, received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, the Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin (World War II 'Ruptured Duck') and the U.S. Navy Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin.

"I served on three ships. I was on the Boise. I was on the D.E. Birmingham," said Calvo, who served in the navy from 1943 to 1945. "And I was on the Alba Mar, which was a sea plane."

Stefanowicz, of Kensington, received the Bronze Star Medal for heroism during the heroism shown in Vietnam War combat.

"It's one of our nation's highest military decorations of war," he said.

Stefanowicz said he never received the Bronze Star Medal because he was shipped out before the honor was issued. On Monday, the recognition meant so much to him and the brothers he lost.

"This is something I'll cherish forever and never forget," he said.

The citation reads:

"Specialist Five Henry Stefanowicz United States Army. For meritorious service in connection with ground operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.

During the period June 1969 to March 1970, he consistently manifested exemplary professionalism and initiative in obtaining outstanding results. His rapid assessment and solution of numerous problems inherent in a combat environment greatly enhanced the allied effectiveness against a determined and aggressive enemy.

Despite many adversities, he invariably performed his duties in a resolute and efficient manner. Energetically applying his sound judgment and extensive knowledge, he has contributed materially to the successful accomplishment of the United States mission in the Republic of Vietnam.

Specialist Five Stefanowicz's loyalty, diligence and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army."

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