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Himes Makes Special Delivery To Bridgeport Veteran

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, left, visits with Sylvia and Joseph Klinko. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
The Klinko family of Bridgeport celebrate Joseph Klinko's Army service with U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, center. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes shares a laugh with veteran Joseph Klinko and his wife, Sylvia. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes stopped by Joseph Klinko’s Bridgeport home Tuesday — and it wasn’t to ask the Army veteran for his vote in any upcoming election.

Himes arrived to present the former Private First Class with the National Defense Service Medal for his service in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.

The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active and Selected Reserve service for any period between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954.

In attendance were four generations of Klinkos. Klinko’s grandson Joseph Samatoski originally reached out to the congressman’s office on his grandfather’s behalf. The entire presentation was a surprise to Klinko, who was not aware that Himes would be stopping by and delivering his medal.

Klinko and his family were extremely grateful for the congressman’s assistance in obtaining the medals and taking the time to come by.

“This is one of the most humbling parts of my job,” said Himes, “made even more so by the presence of so many family members. We can never do enough to thank our veterans for their service and all they have done for our nation.”

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