Menendez Presents Long-Overdue Service Medals to Family of Late WWII Vet

Menendez Presents Long-Overdue Service Medals to Family of Late WWII Vet


FAIR LAWN, NJ – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today presented four long-overdue medals of distinguished service to the family of late-World War II veteran Morris Dambrot of Fair Lawn. Dambrot, who passed away in 1993 at the age of 84, earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars; the World War II Victory Medal; the Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp; and the Honorable Service Lapel Button – World War II.

“I’m honored to be here today to present the medals he rightfully earned while serving his nation in time of war,” said Sen. Menendez, as he presented the medals to the Dambrot family. “We owe him the eternal gratitude of a grateful nation. On behalf of the people of New Jersey and every American, we remember Morris for his service and the gift of freedom he helped preserve for all of us.”

Dambrot is survived by his daughter Sandy Starr and her husband Robert, son Steven Dambrot and his wife Noreen, and four grandchildren.

A grateful Sandy Starr described her father as a “hard working, happy, family-oriented, caring man.”

The Senator also presented the family with an American flag he had flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Dambrot’s valiant service from 1942 to 1945 as a Medical Aidman, responsible for administering first-aid treatment to the sick, injured, or wounded. In addition, the Senator had Dambrot’s official Army record changed to reflect the medals earned.

Morris Dambrot trained at Fort Dix, N.J. after joining the Army and maintained the rank of private until his discharge. After his military service, relatives say the Bronx, N.Y.-native bought and operated a New York City cab with his brother; later opened up several confectionary businesses, the last in Clifton; and eventually settled in Fair Lawn.

The European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal was designed by Mr. Thomas Hudson Jones, based on General Dwight Eisenhower’s request that the medal include an invasion scene, and was awarded to personnel for service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater between Dec. 7, 1941 and Nov. 8, 1945. The World War II Victory Medal was awarded to all military personnel for service between Dec. 7, 1941 and Dec. 31, 1946. The Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp was awarded for 30 days consecutive service while assigned to Germany. The Honorable Service Lapel Button is for personnel with honorable federal military service between Sept. 8, 1939 and 31 Dec. 31, 1946.

A gathering of more than 20 veterans attended the medal presentation at V.F.W. Post #281 in Fair Lawn to pay tribute to Dambrot's service to this nation, and to support his family.

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