Monroe, NY WWII Vet Finally Receives Medals

Real Estate Broker/Owner with DDR Realty

Former Private First Class John Perrillo of Monroe, NY received 10 medals for his service in the 2nd World War. U.S. Rep John Hall (D-New Hope) presented the medals to Mr. Perrillo at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, NY on September 4, 2007.

Mr. Perrillo, who is now 85 years old, received the following medals: Purple Heart, the Good Conduct, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, the World War II Victory, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Honorable Service Lapel Button, Expert Badge and Rifle Bar, the Sharpshooter Badge and Field Artillery Bar and a Marksman Badge and Pistol Bar.

John credits his wife Rose Perrillo, the love of his life, for making the medal ceremony a realty. Rose was the one who contacted the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. to see what could be done to get the medals due to her husband. It may have been 62 years late, but Rose Perrillo made sure that it happened.

Comments (3)

Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
The medals may be 62 years late, but they are important recognition for actions most of us would never dream of achieving. I wonder what caused the delay.
Sep 19, 2007 08:42 PM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Derrick:  What a shame that this war veteran was not appropriately and deservingly decorated all those years ago but at least the wrong was made right.  He is fortunate to have such a caring wife.  I wonder what happened that he didn't get this medals back then.
Sep 21, 2007 01:35 AM
Danielle V. Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
DDR Realty
I'm glad that he's gotten his medals...I'm sure his pride and faith in our country have been strengthened.
Sep 26, 2007 04:00 AM