Buffalo, NY – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) presented World War II veteran Thomas M. Norton with the service medals he earned over sixty years ago. Drafted six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Norton served in the United States Army from June 13, 1941 to December 22, 1945. As an infantryman, Norton fought in the New Guinea and Philippine Liberation Campaigns and reached the rank of Corporal before his honorable discharge.
“It is truly my honor to present Mr. Norton with these long-overdue medals recognizing his brave and selfless service to this nation,” said Congressman Higgins. “Our military heroes, past and present, provide an immeasurable service that protects the freedoms Americans enjoy.”
On Mr. Norton’s behalf, Congressman Higgins’ office contacted appropriate federal departments requesting the medals. Mr. Norton received the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with two bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze service star, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Expert Badge with Carbine Bar and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.
Mr. Norton, a Buffalo resident who goes by the nickname “Tucker,” was married for 58 years to the late Ruth McKinivan. He has a long family history of military service and is proud to have his grandfather’s Civil War discharge papers in his possession.
The Congressman complimented Jack Mulderig, a member of the Bison City Rod and Gun Club along with Mr. Norton, for bringing Mr. Norton’s heroic service to his attention.