October 14, 2011

(Gilford, NH) –U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) presented eleven medals to World War II veteran Donald Frost of Gilford today, honoring him for his long military service. A 20-year Navy veteran, Frost enlisted immediately following the attacks on Pearl Harbor and participated in the search for future President John F. Kennedy’s sunken PT 109 while serving in World War II. 

“These medals represent a long overdue recognition of Donald Frost’s commitment to protecting our country and defending our freedoms,” Shaheen said. “It’s been almost five decades since Donald Frost began his service in the United States Navy, and I’m honored to be here today to recognize him for his courage and patriotism. On behalf of all the people of New Hampshire and the nation, I thank him for his heroic service.”

Shaheen’s office worked closely with Frost to obtain the medals he was due. 

Frost rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer while serving in World War II, the Korean conflict, and on several Navy expeditions. Among the awards he received today were the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Good Conduct Medal (with four Bronze stars), the WWII Victory Medal, and the National Defense Medal.

Following his retirement from the Navy, Frost went on to earn his Master’s Degree in education and served 18 years in vocational rehabilitation with the Department of Education. He and his wife Mary live in Gilford and remain active in town and civic activities.

Today’s medal ceremony took place at the Wesley Woods Community Center during the Belknap County Council on Aging’s monthly meeting.

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