ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- For Alfred Magnatta, it's an honor that's long overdue.
Magnatta, a New City resident, who served in World War II, was presented with five overdue service medals by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison).
Magnatta was presented with the Air Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Recruiter Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with four bronze service stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.
While serving in the Army, Magnetta achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and flew 25 missions in England between 1943 and 1945. He was a tail gunner in the combat campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, and Rhineland.
“I’m honored to present Mr. Magnatta with these medals for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “It has been 74 years since Mr. Magnatta served in the Second World War, but the magnitude of his service is just as profound today as it was then. Our nation owes brave veterans like Mr. Magnatta an enormous debt of gratitude.”
After the war, Magnetta joined the Congers Fire Department, where he later became fire chief. He is the longest serving County Deputy Fire Coordinator in Rockland history, holding the position since 1962.
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