PHOTO: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. pins the first of seven medals on WWII Veteran Joseph Kakalyk. Credit: @infoAgeMuseum / twitter
MORGANVILLE, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6), along with Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, presented World War II veteran Joseph Zakalyk with eight distinguished honors for his achievements in the United States Army Air Forces and service to his country. Mr. Zakalyk, who is now 94-years old, served during World War II as an aerial photographer and gunner in the 745th Bombardment Squadron, 456th Bombardment Group, Fifteenth Air Force, successfully participating in 35 combat missions.
“This is a long overdue recognition of Joseph's exceptional bravery and sacrifices while serving during World War II,” said Congressman Pallone. “I feel privileged to have played a role in helping recognize Joseph’s distinguished service to our country and present him with the honors he has earned.”
Congressman Pallone's office was able to secure for Mr. Zakalyk the Air Medal & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze Large, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Silver Star Attachment, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, Sharpshooter Badge & Carbine Bar, and a Certificate of Recognition from the United States Army.
The ceremony was hosted by the InfoAge Science History Learning Center and the World War II Era Studies Institute. Pallone and lawmakers offered remarks on Mr. Zakalyk’s distinguished service and Colonel William Peace, a Commander in the New Jersey National Guard, delivered the keynote address.