Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, presented over a dozen military medals to Daniel Graves, who accepted them on behalf of his father, the late Chief Petty Officer Joseph D. Graves. Graves was awarded the medals for his distinguished service in the U.S. Navy.
"It was a privilege to be able to assist Daniel in securing the medals, and to be a part of a touching ceremony to honor his father," said Rehberg. "I'm very appreciative of the help the Kalispell Vet Center and VFW Color Guard provided for the ceremony. Chief Graves served his country with distinction, and words do not describe the gratitude this country owes him and all of our veterans."
Daniel Graves originally requested the replacement medals in honor of his father, but was unable to get them after a year-and-a-half of red tape and delays. He contacted Rehberg's office to ask for assistance in securing the medals from the U.S. Navy. Rehberg presented them to Graves in a ceremony Friday at the Kalispell Vet Center.
Chief Graves served in the U.S. Navy during the attack on Pearl Harbor, in the Pacific during WWII, and during the Korean War. On Friday, his son, Daniel Graves, from Whitefish, was presented with the following replacement medals in honor of that service: Navy Good Conduct Medal with three bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet clasp, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one silver and one bronze star, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon with one bronze star, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Discharge Button, Honorable Service Lapel Pin, Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal, issued May 11, 1991.
"I'm incredibly grateful for the help Congressman Rehberg provided in restoring the medals my father received for his service during WWII and Korea," said Graves. "It was a moving ceremony and I'm thankful to have my father's medals restored for the family and his grandkids."