Brooks Presents Prisoner of War Medal to WWII Veteran

By  | November 7, 2013 | Filed under: News

Huntsville, AL – Today Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) presented World War II veteran Selwyn Lamberth, of Bryant, Alabama, with the Prisoner of War (POW) Medal in a special ceremony at his Huntsville District Office.

Congressman Brooks said, “I’m honored to present this medal to Mr. Lamberth, who served our nation with dedication and courage. He fought to preserve the freedoms that all Americans enjoy today, and the people of our state and our nation thank him for a job well done.”

 

Congressman Brooks presents Mr. Selwyn Lamberth with Prisoner of War Medal.

Congressman Brooks presents Mr. Selwyn Lamberth
with Prisoner of War Medal.

The Prisoner of War Medal was created by Congress and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in November 1985. The POW Medal is authorized for any person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces, was a prisoner of war after April 5, 1917. It is awarded to any person who was taken prisoner or held captive while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing Armed Force; or while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. [1]
Mr. Lamberth served in the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Division of the United States Army from 1943–1945. He was captured as a Prisoner of War in October 1944 near Bologna, Italy, by German soldiers. In addition to earning the POW Medal, Mr. Lamberth also received the following: Purple Heart Medal (1 bronze oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-American-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (2 bronze service stars), World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button, and the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar.

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