Vietnam Vet Awarded Medals 40 Years After Combat Duty

Michael Healy, of West Haven, received his medals on Thursday.

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    Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro pinned the former combat engineer.

    A Vietnam veteran from West Haven is getting some recognition that is long overdue. 

    Michael Healey finally received five awards that he earned in Vietnam more than 40 years ago. 

    “I didn't ever think I'd see this day,” said Healey.

    Thursday, Healy was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in combat, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal and a Marksmanship Badge.
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro pinned the medals on Healy Thursday in the West Haven Council Chambers.

    “It represents their honor, their service, their sacrifice, and their commitment to a great nation,” said DeLauro.

    Healy was a combat engineer in Vietnam. He built bridges and cleared mines to allow troops safe passage during the conflict.

    “I'm very proud to be a veteran today,” said Healey.

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