Family of WWII vet honored with medals, Bronze Star

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) The family of a World War II Veteran who served in the invasion of Normandy has been honored by Congressman Brian Higgins with military medals and honors including a Bronze Star.

Born in Pennsylvania, Samuel J. Insalaco moved to Buffalo, enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 28th, 1942 and served with the 1st Infantry Division.  He participated in the invasion of Normandy and the Tunisia Campaign, where he was one of many soldiers captured by the enemy.

Private First Class Samuel J. Insalaco passed away in 1989 but his son Nick Insalaco recently sent a letter to Congressman Higgins’ office requesting Congressman Higgins assistance in securing information and any awards of medals that may have been awarded his father during his years of service.

PFC InsalacoLike many veterans, Private First Class Sam Insalaco was in a hurry to get home when the war ended, so he never looked into whether he was eligible for any medals. He married Sophie and they raised a family on Buffalo’s West Side on 10th Street between Hudson and Maryland. Sam’s sons also served in the military, Nick served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam War and Tom served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Congressman Higgins worked to secure Mr. Insalaco’s medals and presented the family with the Bronze Star; Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award; Presidential Unit Citation; European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 silver service star; World War II Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal; and the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

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