MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Joseph R. Priestley thought he might have earned a medal for his military service in the Vietnam War, and made an inquiry with U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's office several weeks ago.
The 78-year-old retired U.S. Navy lieutenant colonel was correct. But he didn't expect John Reisenweber, Capito's Martinsburg office representative, to arrive at his Martinsburg home with a brown envelope containing 13 more.
"I didn't know I was eligible for some of them," said Priestley, who enlisted Oct. 5, 1945.
He retired in 1969 after more than 23 years, and was recognized for his service in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
Capito, R-W.Va. formally presented the Kanawha County native with the long overdue honors Friday morning in Martinsburg.
"She gave me a real big hug, too," Priestley said.
Priestly received the Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal (Navy), World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Honorable Service Lapel Pin, Discharge Button and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.