July 18, 2014

(Hooksett, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) presented long-overdue service medals to the family of World War I veteran Frank A. Silva today at the American Legion Post # 37 in Hooksett. Senator Shaheen was joined by state military and veteran services officials to present the service medals to Commander Frank Silva and Kathleen Talley, the son and daughter of Frank A. Silva.

“One of the best parts of my job is being able to help veterans get the recognition they deserve,” Shaheen said. “Service for our country is about the whole family: the sacrifice and commitment of the husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and most of all, the children, is immense. It’s an honor be here with the Silva family to recognize Frank A. Silva for his courage and sacrifice for our country during World War I.”

Mr. Silva served in France during the First World War after enlisting in the Army in July 1917. Silva was originally assigned to the Yankee Division which would later become the 101st Field Artillery Unit. During his time in the Army, Mr. Silva served in 5 battles and was wounded on July 15, 1918. He was honorably discharge on October 3, 1919 after serving two years overseas.

Today the Silva family was presented with the Purple Heart, World War I Victory Medal with Aisne-Marne Victory Clasp, Champaigne-Marne Victory Clasp, Defensive Sector Battle Clasp, Mesue-Argonne Battle Clasp, St. Mihiel Battle Clasp and the WWI Victory Button for Frank A. Silva’s service.