Sunday, May 29, 2011
Rep. Labrador helps Kuna man get his grandfather's WWII medals
The family of World War II veteran Pfc. Charles Lenz was presented with a series of medals earned by Lenz for his military service.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, presented Lenz’s family with the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, Expert Badge, Carbine Bar, and Rifle Bar.
The presentation of Military Decorations was held May 18 at Meridian City Hall.
Charles Lenz’s grandson, Matt Lenz, of Kuna, who is Quartermaster for Kuna VFW Post 7019, had been researching his grandfather’s military history and was running into a lot of brick walls.
Matt Lenz called Labrador’s office to see if they could help him obtain his grandfather’s medals and documents from the National Archives.
Matt Lenz believes that his grandfather went to his grave never knowing he had been awarded the Bronze Star, because none of his sons or daughters knew about it and Charles Lenz had only one medal, the Purple Heart, in his possession at the time he died.