SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - On Thursday, Edward Smalley received a long overdue honor for his father, who was killed on D Day: June 6, 1944.
Congressman Richard Neal (D-Springfield) was instrumental getting Smalley his father’s Bronze Star, which signifies successful completion of a military mission.
Not only did Smalley’s father die in the Normandy invasion, but his uncle died there as well. He told 22News that he was thrilled that their sacrifice is being recognized.
“I was elated, actually. I felt that some recognition was being done,” Smalley said. “To acknowledge the grim reality of one family who gave two sons to that Normandy campaign, what those two men did.
Edward Smalley intends to visit the gravesides of both his father and uncle, who are buried side by side, when Smalley visits Normandy for 70th anniversary of D Day this year.