Shaheen Presents Service Medals to New Hampshire Veterans

On week of Veterans Day, medals awarded for honorable service in World War II, Vietnam and Afghanistan

November 09, 2015

(Manchester, NH) – Today in her Manchester office, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) presented military awards to three New Hampshire veterans: Mr. Norman Morin (posthumous), Mr. Ray Vercoe and Mr. Mark McLynch in recognition of their service in World War II, Vietnam and Afghanistan respectively. Senator Shaheen and her staff worked with these veterans, their families, and various branches of the military to help secure the recognitions that were awarded today.

“These Granite State veterans bravely defended their country in three different wars,” said Shaheen. “Their service is a reminder of the generations of Americans who answered the call of duty and selflessly served. I was honored to present these medals, which were long overdue, to Ray Vercoe, Mark McLynch and the family of Norman Morin.”

Norman Morin from Manchester, fought in France in the Second World War and was seriously wounded during the battle of Metz. Today his family was presented with the following medals: Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button – WWII.

 Senator Shaheen with the family of Norman Morin.

Senator Shaheen with the family of Norman Morin.

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Ray Vercoe from Laconia, served with the US Navy in Vietnam. Today he was presented with the following medals: the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze star appurtenances, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy "E" Ribbon, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Left to right: Lieutenant Commander Richard Linnell, Ray Vercoe, Senator Shaheen.

Left to right: Lieutenant Commander Richard Linnell, Ray Vercoe, Senator Shaheen.

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Senator Shaheen with Ray Vercoe and his family.

Senator Shaheen with Ray Vercoe and his family.

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Mark McLynch from Deerfield, served in the Army National Guard in Afghanistan.  He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury from an improvised explosive device blast in 2010. Following the blast, SPC. McLynch refused to be medivacked out, so his name did not appear on any casualty list and he did not immediately receive formal recognition of his injuries. Today, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

McLynch medal

Left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Roy Hunter, Mark McLynch, Senator Shaheen.

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Senator Shaheen with Mark McLynch and his family.

Senator Shaheen with Mark McLynch and his family.

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Lieutenant Colonel Roy Hunter represented the NH National Guard, and Lieutenant Commander Richard Linnell and retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Dan Clark represented the U.S. Navy at the event.