Lowey Presents Overdue Service Medals to Local WWII Veteran
NEW CITY, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today presented five overdue service medals to New City resident and World War II Army veteran Alfred Magnatta at a ceremony at her New City office.
“I’m honored to present Mr. Magnatta with these medals for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “It has been 74 years since Mr. Magnatta served in the Second World War, but the magnitude of his service is just as profound today as it was then. Our nation owes brave veterans like Mr. Magnatta an enormous debt of gratitude.”
Congresswoman Lowey presented Mr. Magnatta with the Air Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Recruiter Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with 4 bronze service stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Magnatta, 92, enlisted in the U.S. Army, 8th Air Force and trained as an aerial gunner. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and flew 25 missions in England between 1943 and 1945. Mr. Magnatta was a tail gunner in the combat campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, and Rhineland.
Following his distinguished service, Mr. Magnatta joined the Congers Fire Department, where he rose to become fire chief. He is also the longest-serving County Deputy Fire Coordinator in Rockland history, holding the position since 1962. Mr. Magnatta was recently honored by the Rockland County Firemen’s Association for 70 years of active service in the Congers Fire Department.
Mr. Magnatta was joined at the ceremony by members of his family, including his wife, Matilda; his son Jeffrey, who contacted the congresswoman for assistance in obtaining the medals; his grandson New York State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-New City); and his great-grandchildren.
Additional photos from the ceremony can be found here.