PITTSTON -- While the ceremony renaming the U.S. Post Office in Pittston in memory of fallen State Trooper Joshua Miller was being held, another hero sat taking it all in.
Louis Roman, 88, a veteran of World War II, was waiting for the ceremony to end to talk to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton. Barletta presented Rome with three medals and told him more were on the way. Rome earned the medals in combat while serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater.
Roman, of Pittston, enlisted 70 years ago to the day Wednesday, making the ceremony and the medal presentation all the more meaningful.
‚??This is terrific,‚?Ě he said. ‚??I really appreciate it.‚?Ě
Roman served as a gunner on bombers in World War II. He earned the Air Medal with two Bronze Stars, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Honorable Service Lapel Pin (also called the ‚??Ruptured Duck‚?Ě) and the World War II Victory Medal.
‚??Mr. Roman waited a very long time for his medals, and I‚??m proud to present them to him on the anniversary of his enlistment,‚?Ě Barletta said. ‚??Wednesday was a day of heroes for me. These men made extraordinary sacrifices, both abroad and at home. They certainly deserve to be recognized and remembered.‚?Ě
Barletta presented the medals to Roman after the dedication of the Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office.