WWII Vet Receives 7 Medals Posthumously

March 19, 2012 Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 19, 2012 Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM EDT

(Buffalo NY- News Release) Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) presented the family of U.S. Army Major Roger V. Wolfe with seven military service medals in recognition of Wolfe's service during World War II.

"The sacrifices made by Major Wolfe and others representing America's bravest have contributed to the fabric of this great nation providing the freedoms we enjoy today," said Congressman Higgins. "We are grateful for his service and honored to present these medals nearly 70 years overdue."

Congressman Higgins presented the Wolfe family with the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal with German Clasp, the Honorable Service Lapel Button - World War II, and a Certificate of Recognition for his service during the period of the Cold War.

Maj. Wolfe, who grew up in Westfield, NY before later moving to South Buffalo, served in the U.S. Military from June 27, 1942 through April 19, 1946. Wolfe was a member of the 7th Medical Supply Platoon and served in several military campaigns including: North Apennines, Po Valley, and Rome-Arno. He was seriously injured on August 27, 1943 when the Jeep he was riding in was hit by an explosive device.

The Wolfe family contacted Congressman Higgins' office to request assistance securing military recognition for their father who passed away in 1996. Major Roger Wolfe's wife Jean Wolfe, daughter Patty Getner, daughter Joan Russell, son Roger Wolfe, Jr., son-in-law Charles A. Shaw, Jr. and nephews Peter and John Wolfe accepted the medals on his behalf. Wolfe's children Larry Wolfe and Nancy Shaw also worked on this tribute to their father but were unable to attend the ceremony.