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Waltham WWII vet presented Bronze Star by Sen. Warren

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 30, 2013 05:28 PM

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Almost 70 years after he fought in World War II, Waltham resident Ralph Sabatino was presented with the Bronze Star Medal, the fourth-highest individual honor in the US. From left to right: Norman Polake, Sabatino, and US Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

A Waltham veteran who fought in World War II received one of the highest military awards this week with the help of US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to her office.

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Ralph Sabatino and Sen. Warren
At a ceremony on Monday, Warren awarded Ralph Sabatino with the Bronze Star Medal, which is given for acts of heroism, merit, or meritorious service. It is the fourth-highest individual award in the United States military.

Sabatino had qualified for the Bronze Star after his achievement in active ground combat against the enemy on April 10, 1945, but was never awarded the medal. He recently reached out to Warren’s office, which made an inquiry to the Department of the Army requesting that the medal be awarded, her office said in a statement.

“I am proud to join your friends and family in congratulating you on receiving The Bronze Star Medal,” read the citiation presented to Sabatino. “Your bravery and dedicated service during World War II is greatly appreciated and your heroic actions as a member of the Trailblazers are well deserving of this honor. On behalf of citizens all across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States of America, thank you for your service.”

Sabatino served in Company H of the 2nd Battalion, part of the 275th Infantry Regiment of the 70th Infantry Division, in support of the Trailblazer Division’s drive through Central Europe and Rhineland, according to Warren's office.

He is an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Mount Auburn Memorial Post #8818. He was joined at the private ceremony at Warren’s Boston office by Norman Polake, also of the Mount Auburn VFW.

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