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From left are U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Bronze Star recipient Jim Keefe, Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann, Commander of the New Hampshire Air National Guard, and Cmdr. David Kenney, Navy Commanding Officer VTU-0109 at the Navy Operational Support Center in Manchester. COURTESY 

Sen. Shaheen honors five NH veterans for their service

MANCHESTER — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen honored five New Hampshire veterans this week by presenting them medals for their service during the Korea and Vietnam wars.

Philip Meader, John Parker, James Smith, Ronald Lemire and Jim Keefe received their medals at a Nov. 4 ceremony after Shaheen's office helped the recipients secure their long overdue medals for service.

"It was a great privilege to honor these brave and selfless veterans this morning with recognition that was long overdue," Shaheen said in a statement. "Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for our country and we owe it to them and their families to honor their service."

Meader received a Vietnam Service Medal and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

Parker was presented a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Smith received the Air Force Commendation Medal; Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars; United Nations Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal with two Bronze Loops; National Defense Service Medals with one Bronze Service Star; Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Air Force Longevity Service Award with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; and Air Force Good Conduct with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

Lemire was presented the Vietnam Service Medal.

Keefe received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V."

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