Glens Falls, NY – After more than three decades, a Glens Falls Navy veteran finally received the war medals he earned, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today. After he requested assistance from her office, Gillibrand helped fix Glens Falls resident Joseph Gagliardi’s military record and secure the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM). With the Senator’s help, Mr. Gagliardi also received the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and he will now be eligible to receive military service credit towards his New York State retirement. Gagliardi served in Beirut, Lebanon from November 17th, 1983 to April 11th, 1984.
Expressing his thanks, Mr. Gagliardi said that Senator Gillibrand “did in months what took me years with not much headway…My hope is that my shipmates get their decorations also, now that the Navy Department knows where to look for our unit.”
“Mr. Gagliardi bravely served our country in the Navy and I am pleased that he will now receive the recognition he earned,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We are grateful for Mr. Gagliardi and all the brave service men and women who have sacrificed in service to our country.”
Joseph Gagliardi served in Beirit in the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit and was previously denied recognition of his service. Shortly after receiving Mr. Gagliardi’s request, Senator Gillibrand’s office was able to secure the AFEM and the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon. After pushing the Navy to provide and approve the necessary paperwork, Senator Gillibrand’s office also received the amended DD-214 for then-Petty Officer Gagliardi.