– Col. Frank Magurn, chief of staff, Massachusetts National Guard, pins a Purple Heart Medal on Louis G. Iadonisi as
Anthony M. Renzoni, town selectman and American Legion Post 42 commander, reads off the award citation during an award ceremony conducted by Post 42 at the town hall here, Oct. 18th, 2010.
Iadonisi was never awarded his medals after completion of his service due to an administrative error. A recent inquiry to the National Personnel Records Center uncovered the error and Iadonisi received his medals 66 years after his World War II service as a result.
Iadonisi received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 2 bronze service stars), World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon (with 1 bronze service star), Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, and the Driver and mechanic Badge.
Iadonisi also received well wishes from those in attendance for his 92nd birthday, which coincided with the ceremony.