Spring 2017

April: April 7

April 7 

Honoring a Hero

Congressman Langevin with Private First Class Robert Liebrich's wife, Carol

When the family of a veteran reaches out to me asking for help, I am always happy to assist. This month, I had the privilege of helping Mrs. Carol Liebrich of Cranston by working with the Department of the Army to issue a Purple Heart on behalf of her late husband, Robert Liebrich, for his service in World War II.

At 18-years-old, Private First Class (PFC) Robert Liebrich was wounded by enemy fire in events leading up to the Battle of the Bulge, which began in December 1944 and was the last major German offensive campaign of the war. He earned his first Purple Heart from this injury.

After a quick recovery, PFC Liebrich returned to his unit. Then in March 1945, in a different engagement with opposing forces, he was again wounded by enemy fire; however, he was not awarded the second Purple Heart for this injury.

We owe our soldiers who fought in World War II an enormous debt of gratitude, and PFC Liebrich is no exception. Through talks with the Department of the Army, my office was able to secure the second Purple Heart for Mrs. Liebrich.

I was humbled and honored to present this prestigious decoration to Mrs. Liebrich and members of her family and was delighted to see photos of Robert Liebrich from his time in the Army. It was truly a privilege to present Mrs. Liebrich and her family with the Purple Heart with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, signifying a second award, for Robert Liebrich’s heroism.