WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) -- A 90-year-old veteran who never got his World War II medals can rest easy now that the oversight has been corrected.
Navy veteran Joe Joaquim Jr. received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal and the American Campaign medal, along with a proclamation from New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and a letter of thanks from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, during a surprise birthday party on Saturday in Windham, N.H.
His son, Jerry Joaquim, says he set about getting the medals after his father expressed disappointment about never receiving them at the end of the war in 1945.
Joe Joaquim told WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1jeEuyf ) that the medals serve as closure to his war days and a reminder of the friends he lost. He said receiving the medals was a "wonderful thing."
Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com