Apr. 26, 2013

HARRISBURG -- Reps. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) today presented a World War II veteran from Horsham the seven medals he earned during his military service, but never received.

During a ceremony at the Willow Grove VFW Post 3612, 305 W. Moreland Road in Willow Grove, Walter Czerviski, 91, received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Discharge Button, and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin.

Czerviski served on active duty in the Navy from 1942-45. He served aboard the light cruiser USS Milwaukee and the heavy cruiser USS Chicago, among other duty stations.
When Czerviski was discharged, he was given a card listing the awards he had earned, but never received the items of recognition.

It was his wife of 65 years, Jackie Czerviski, who asked Murt for help in obtaining the items. Murt contacted Stephens, and together they reached out to the Navy.

“The men and women who fought in World War II have been called the Greatest Generation,” Murt said. “These were young men who accepted responsibility and the consequences of their decisions. They took pride in personal accountability, but rarely talked about their actions. They did what was expected of them with grace and modesty. Walter Czerviski was one of those young men.”

When various avenues were unsuccessful, Murt and Stephens contacted U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who contacted the Navy. The items of recognition arrived in Toomey’s office six weeks later.

Murt and Stephens were joined at the ceremony by Toomey’s state director, Bob DeSousa, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

“It is a privilege to stand with Walter Czerviski as he receives the medals that have been owed him for his sacrifice during World War II,” Rep. Stephens said. “This honor is 70 years overdue.”

“Mr. Czerviski served our country with distinction in both theaters in World War II,” Toomey said. “I am overjoyed that we were able to help him receive the items of recognition that he earned. For more than half a century, Mr. Czerviski has been an unsung hero. World War II veterans are humble and often reluctant to accept recognition. I am glad that Mrs. Czerviski got the ball rolling, and I was honored to help Mr. Czerviski and his family finally get the credit and gratitude they are due.”

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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