Seventy years after Carlton Small served in World War II, the Kenmore resident received the military medals he earned for his service.
Small received the medals – including the Bronze Star – during a presentation by Rep. Brian Higgins, D, Buffalo; Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana and Kenmore Deputy Mayor Tim McCarthy.
“Private First Class Small bravely answered the call when his country needed him and we, as a nation, are grateful for his commitment and selfless contributions,” Higgins said.
Small reached out to Higgins for assistance obtaining the medals he earned, but never received.
“Like many veterans of my era I returned home, went to work, raised a family, and put the war behind me the best I could,” he wrote in his request for Higgins’ assistance. “It is my desire to pass these items along to family members so that my military service is remembered,” he wrote.