2008-10-23 / Other News

Weiner Secures Medals For 86-Year Old Bklyn WWII Navy Vet

Weiner pins Navy medals on 86-year-old Navy veteran in front of the same model plane he flew on for combat missions during World War II. From left: Weiner, Futterman, and wife Fran.Weiner pins Navy medals on 86-year-old Navy veteran in front of the same model plane he flew on for combat missions during World War II. From left: Weiner, Futterman, and wife Fran. After more than six decades, 86-year old Brooklyn veteran Fred Futterman will finally be awarded Navy medals for his distinguished service during World War II, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens) announced today. Rep. Weiner recently secured the medals, ensuring that Futterman is finally awarded the honors he deserves.

Futterman, who lives in the Midwood community, served as a member of the Patrol Bombing Squadron 63 during World War II and traveled in hazardous flying conditions from Wales to North Africa to Iceland. He completed 73 combat missions between 1943 and 1944.

In 1945 Futterman received a medal for his service. However, decades later, when he discovered he was due additional medals, Futterman contacted Rep. Weiner's office last June.

Weiner provided the Navy Department with records of Futterman's flight logs and tallied his completed missions. Recently, Weiner secured both a Distinguished Flying Cross with two gold stars and an Air Medal decorated with three gold stars and two silver stars and presented them to Futterman in a ceremony held at Floyd Bennett Field last Saturday on the 63rd anniversary of the veteran's honorable discharge from the Navy.

Futterman said, "I have been waiting for these medals for over 60 years. I thank Congressman Weiner for bringing the decades-long memories back."

"In the face of great danger, Futterman has served with devotion and courage. These medals are a long time coming and I am honored to recognize his heroism and love of country," Weiner said.

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