Langevin Presents Six Service Medals to Vietnam Veteran

Jul 21, 2017 Issues: Rhode Island, Veterans

Today, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) presented First Lieutenant Stephen McMahon with six medals — including a Bronze Star — for his service in the Vietnam War.

“It is a tremendous honor to present these six medals to Lieutenant McMahon as a way to commemorate his service in the Vietnam War,” said Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “We can’t thank our veterans enough for their bravery and sacrifice, and I am pleased I could help facilitate the delivery of these well-deserved medals.”

McMahon is a North Scituate resident, born on May 13, 1947, who was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1969 and deployed to Vietnam in 1970. McMahon was a member of the last class to get drafted in a war.

Lieutenant McMahon was discharged from the military to care for a family member without receiving the service medals he earned.

After his service, McMahon worked as a history teacher in the Pawtucket School Department for 30 years.

McMahon’s wife, Linda, contacted Congressman Langevin to request his assistance in obtaining the medals her husband never received. Through talks with the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), the office learned that McMahon’s military records had been destroyed in a fire at the St. Louis NPRC in 1973.

With the help of Langevin’s office, the Army was able to reconstruct Lieutenant McMahon’s service record, and issued all six medals. Langevin delivered the medals to McMahon, who was joined by members of his family and Rhode Island Veterans Affairs Director Kasim Yarn.

“It’s wonderful to finally get the medals that I earned for my service in the Vietnam War,” McMahon said. “I’ve always thought about trying to obtain them from the Army, and I am glad I can finally take them home with me as a representation of the job I fulfilled.”

The medals presented include a Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar and Marksman Badge with Pistol Bar.