March 29, 2018

Gottheimer Delivers Medals to Teaneck Family of World War II Veteran

Gottheimer Cuts Through Red Tape to Deliver Long Overdue WWII Medals for Vaillant Service

TEANECK, N.J. — Today, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) delivered long overdue service medals to the family of a Teaneck World War II veteran, Master Sergeant William Witherspoon. After learning that Mr. Witherspoon never received his medals, his son Roger reached out to Congressman Gottheimer’s office and requested assistance.

Rep. Gottheimer’s office swiftly cut through the red tape to secure the medals from the U.S. Army for Master Sergeant Witherspoon’s brave service to this nation. Roger organized the ceremony for his father in coordination with Congressman Gottheimer’s office.

The posthumous medals were delivered to former Master Sergeant William Witherspoon’s widow Carolyn Witherspoon at Teaneck City Hall. Gottheimer presented Mrs. Witherspoon and her family with the following six medals: American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, and The Marksman Badge.

“I’m honored to take care of a Jersey veteran and hero, William Witherspoon, who served our country nobly in the Army during World War II and who represents the fight for real American values. It thrilled me to be able to deliver his family the service medals that he never received, and I encourage other veterans and their families to contact my office for assistance,” said Congressman Gottheimer.